28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

A retrospective on retrospectives

Geoff Watts

Session type: Retrospective
Session duration: 45 minutes

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Retrospective

Retrospectives are an integral part of an agile team’s process. They are the engine for change and arguably the nub of the agile approach, a team taking time out to inspect and adapt a good enough yet imperfect process. In my time as a scrum master and coach they have been cited time and again as one of the most important factors behind a team’s - and an organisation’s - success.

Yet the number one complaint I hear about retrospectives is that they get stale very quickly and it’s a bit hit or miss as to whether they have any positive effect or not. I see more and more teams who grow tired of these meetings and skip them or cut the time allocated to them down to an hour or even 30 minutes.

What a shame! Maybe it’s time for a retrospective on retrospectives. I will look back over the last 15 years of experiencing, running, observing and writing about retrospectives to share with you my thoughts on what works, what doesn’t work and how you might just be able to get back to a point where you and your team are getting value out of retrospectives.

About the Speaker

Geoff was the UK’s first Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach (now Certified Enterprise Coach) and has worked with hundreds of scrum teams in various industries over the last 15 years. He is the author of the hugely popular book 'Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership' and is one of the top thought leaders in the agile space. He has delivered keynote talks on 3 continents and is a regular presenter at conferences, gatherings and meet-ups.

As well as having extensive agile experience, Geoff is also a qualified and experienced professional coach and author of the best-selling book 'The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us'. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation, the National Council of Psychotherapists and the Association of Business Psychology.

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