Fun retrospectives: activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging
HAVE ONE RETROSPECTIVE PER WEEK, UNLESS YOU ARE TOO BUSY. IN THAT CASE, YOU SHOULD HAVE TWO!
You know what is the main element of continuous improvement? It’s an effective, committed team. And this book has the necessary tools to develop it!
Retrospectives leads to success. Each person in a team brings a different life experience, a diferente perspective. Effective retrospectives makes everyone comfortable, aligned, and ready to be part of the best possible experience.
Knowing that, Caroli and TC worked towards making retrospectives even more effective. So, they realized one important thing: a lightweight approach and fun is the main way to do that!
This complete and illustrated book, FunRestrospectives, will provide the necessary knowledge for you to choose which activity will be a better fit for your team at the same time you’ll have an extensive variety of activities and several ideas always at your disposal.
But what is a FunRetrospective?
They are activities planned to transform a group of people into a team in a fun and effective way! Keeping participants amused and providing a setting where they can reflect, discuss, and have fun is key to continuous improvement.
“Lively, focused retrospectives stand a greater chance of effective outcomes. So I frequently offer the link to funretrospectives.com as a great source of ways to perk up team members and the event as a whole… I’m delighted that Paulo and TC have decided to pull all their ideas for improving retrospectives into one place, this book! Now I have a handy answer to the inevitable question. I can recommend this book…”- by Diana Larsen, from the book’s preface
What are the different types of retrospective activities and how to use which one?
With the explanations and examples of which type of FunRestrospective, you will have access to a guide to planning and organizing your 7 steps agenda. This book gives you a toolset with many ideas and activities.
Those activities can either be combined in a sequence, or be used individually in different contexts. To help you plan your retrospective, this agenda outlines the seven steps that you will be taking to achieve your goal.
The catalog presented in the book is composed by a set of activities, each one appropriate for different contexts and teams:
- Energizers: activities to start off any meeting and get people energized.
- Check-in: activities to measure participants’ engagement and understand more about their feelings at the start of a meeting.
- Team building: activities to define ground rules and get a team started.
- Retrospectives: activities to look back and reflect on the past.
- Futurespectives: activities to look ahead and plan for the future.
- Filtering: activities to prioritize items for discussion.
- Check-out: activities to organize action items or collect feedback about the meeting.
What else will this book teach me?
Besides all the activities and the background learning you need, the authors also prepared tips to adapt your retrospectives for remote platforms, something that is so important nowadays.
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About the authors
Paulo Caroli is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital products. He is a software engineer, author, speaker, and successful facilitator. Principal consultant at ThoughtWorks and cofounder of AgileBrazil, Paulo Caroli has over twenty years of experience in software development, working in various corporations in Brazil, India, USA, and in other countries of Latin America and Europe. In 2000, he discovered Extreme Programming and, since then, has focused his expertise in processes and practices of Agile & Lean. He joined ThoughtWorks in 2006 and has held the positions of Agile Coach, Trainer, Project Manager and Delivery Manager. Caroli has a Bachelor degree of Computer Science and a MS in Software Engineering, both from PUC-Rio.
He is the author, among other works, of the best-seller Lean Inception, which has been published in four languages.
Tainã Caetano Coimbra is a software engineer passionate about learning and continuous improvement, with over ten years of experience in the industry as a developer, coach, mentor, and facilitator.
Having worked with multiple teams across Brazil, Asia, Europe and North America in his career, TC has found great value in fostering team dynamics that elevate all team members to be the best that they can be. TC has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pelotas and works for Split Software.
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