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For some exercises, the authors mention different options. For example, the car brand exercise could be done with using something other than a car brand to describe the iteration. You can adjust these activities to fit your team’s level of experience and preferences.
As you read about the exercises, you’ll learn things to be aware of, what the exercise might expose, so you can be prepared. For example, the value stream mapping exercise may reveal a “testing/documentation tail” or mini-waterfall disorder.
The book includes short exercises that can be used to open a retro and help participants feel more comfortable and safe. There are also exercises that should be done during the iteration, and then discussed at the next retrospective.
Though the book is concise, the authors take time to explain terms and provide references to further reading, including books by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Lyssa Adkins and Jean Tabaka. The exercises draw from a wide range of agile practices and frameworks, including Lean and Scrum.
The back of the book has some of the most useful material, explaining how to adopt retrospectives, good ways to introduce them, and the importance of having capable facilitators.
Try the exercises in this book whether your team is new to retrospectives, new to agile in general, or quite experienced with agile and retros but in need of a refreshing change. In my experience, shaking ourselves up with a new game or exercise brings out new observations and leads to important experiments for improvement.
But this...Is very well written and approach a lot off real things we found on real world, For newbies to agile or old folks this is a must see definitly.
I also found taht this book can be very handy to agile workshops by the real world exercises he brings.
A great non theorical book. I had recommend this to mall my team leader's
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What I get out of it, is mostly some refreshing ideas on how to hold a retrospective. After a while people tend to expect the same thing over and over again and maybe even fall asleep a bit. This book gives you good ideas on other, good ways to hold a retrospective and keep everyone interested, even during some of the more difficult periods of a project. No, not every way to hold a retrospective is good at all times.
It also gives you some insights on the why and what and reasons to convince every stakeholder to have this important meeting.
A big thumbs up from me!
We use ideas from this book at all our sprint retrospectives and would suggest that Scrum Masters and Project Managers facilitating Lessons Learnt sessions, should have a copy of this book at hand.