One of my colleagues at ThoughtWorks published his first book last year called the Retrospective Handbook. It’s a great tool for people thinking about facilitating or wanting to hone their skills facilitating Agile retrospectives.
You can buy it here on Amazon or on Leanpub
I thought it was great… I’ve listed out here some of the things that the book covers that I really liked.
- The right context for Retrospectives
- The effect that team dynamics and environment have on the success of a retrospective
- Lots of practical advice
- How to prepare and set up a retrospective. Right down to the kinds of pens and paper best to use.
- Lots of examples of language to use in specific situations
- The importance of independent facilitators and advice on what to do if thats not possible and a team member facilitates.
- Great tips for facilitators
- How to help achieve equal participation from everyone.
- How to handle anti-patterns from participants
- Importance of observing body language as a facilitator and realising that there are many more things to ‘listen to’ of you participants that just what they are speaking out loud.
- A whole section on Distributed Retrospectives
- Your job is not done once people have left the room. There are a bunch of necessary things that need to get done after the retro is over.
- 8 Common retrospective smells
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I thought you might be interested in a new online tool I’ve been working on outside of hours (my day job is with ThoughtWorks in Australia 🙂 designed to help distributed teams run agile retrospectives – http://www.groupmap.com/agile-retrospectives . Would appreciate any thoughts you have based on your experience with retrospectives…