retrospectives

Articles

start, continue, and stop doing signs Teaching the Organization to Learn

When you're done with a project, you record what went well and should be repeated, and what went wrong and should be avoided. But do you ever actually revisit these findings on future projects? If not, you're passing up crucial knowledge. Martin Ivison describes how his organization created a process to learn from past experiences.

Martin Ivison's picture Martin Ivison
whiteboard Experimenting: The Way Forward for Agile Development Teams

If you asked anyone on my team what agile practice is most responsible for our success over the past eight years, I bet they'd say retrospectives. But I wonder if it's not so much the retrospectives themselves, as the "small experiments" (to borrow Linda Rising's term) we perform to try to address our problem areas.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin

Better Software Magazine Articles

Understanding Whole Team Testing

Whole team testing makes product quality everyone's business. It can also make people uncomfortable. Matt explains how this new way to approach project quality helps with leading retrospectives, conducting defect analysis, and mitigating project risks.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
To Track or Not to Track

What's your take on the defect-tracking debate? Are defect logs helpful repositories of knowledge or cumbersome, inefficient inventories? Lisa Crispin took to the trenches to find out how different industry workers view defect-tracking systems. Find out what they had to say.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin

Conference Presentations

The Ritual of Retrospectives: Your First Best Tool for a Learning Organization

You've just finished your software release. You have signed off, and it's been shipped. You're done, right? No! The moment a project ends is the perfect time to reflect on the entire project to see what there is to learn-the unique moment when the project can be viewed in its entirety. You can look at the completion of your project as having "paid your tuition." So, now what are you going to learn from it? In this presentation, Norm Kerth explores the benefits, pitfalls, and experiences with this project management tool. Explore ways to use retrospection to improve future projects in your organization.

Norm Kerth, Elite Systems

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