See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult “people issues” on your team.
Esther Derbyis one of the rare breed of consultants who blends the technical and managerial issues with the people-side issues. She is well known for her work helping teams grow to new levels of productivity and is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in retrospective facilitation. Esther’s articles have appeared in Better Software (formerly STQE), Software Development, Cutter IT Journal, and CrossTalk. She writes regular columns for stickyminds.com and Computerworld.com, and publishes the quarterly newsletter, insights. Esther is also a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference.
Diana Larsenpartners with leaders of software development projects to improve project performance, support and sustain change, and build collaborative workplaces. Diana serves on the boards of the Agile Alliance and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, participates in planning for the XP 200x and Agile 200x conferences, and speaks at several software conferences every year. She’s written articles for Software Development, At Work, Cutter IT Journal, and Cutter’s Executive Update and e-Advisor series. Diana is a founder of the Annual International Retrospective Facilitators Gathering.
With Norm Kerth, Esther and Diana are founders of the annual Retrospective Facilitators Gathering. They are recognized as two of the world’s leaders in retrospective facilitation.
1 Helping Your Team Inspect and Adapt 1
2 A Retrospective Custom-Fit to Your Team 15
3 Leading Retrospectives 28
4 Activities to Set the Stage 40
5 Activities to Gather Data 50
6 Activities to Generate Insights 77
7 Activities to Decide What to Do 102
8 Activities to Close the Retrospective 113
9 Releases and Project Retrospectives 127
10 Make It So 142
A Facilitation Supplies 149
B Debriefing Activities 152
C Activities Quick Reference Matrix 154
D Resources for Learning Facilitation Skills 156