Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

Updated: Jan 20

team party

Let’s start by discussing the importance of the sprint retrospective. It is one of the most important components of the scrum framework, but unfortunately, it is one of the most overlooked. As we know in Agile, the team dynamic with fluid communication is critical to the success of the implementation. This retrospective ceremony, often coupled with sprint planning, should happen often and truly be an open, active discussion of the TEAM.

So what does the retrospective look like? There are a couple of models that are effective depending on the type of team, and we will investigate just some of the models below.

Traditional model:

Ask the below questions to the team.

  • What went well?

  • What didn’t go so well?

  • What should be improved in the next sprint?

This provides a controlled framework to discuss not only good things in the sprint, but also things that were not so good.