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Agile Retrospectives

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives
Fun Retrospectives
Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your Retrospectives
The Retrospective Handbook
Agile Retrospective Kickstarter
Retrospectives for Organizational Change

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Six great leanpub books to do amazing Agile Retrospectives for a fabulous price. Get them now!

With plenty of exercises for your personal retrospective toolbox, Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives and to get more out of them.

Fun Retrospectives provides a tool set of activities to transform a group of people into an effective team with many ctivities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging.

Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Retrospectives will help you get better outcomes from retrospectives and from any continuous improvement initiative.

Discover the small changes that make big differences, drawn from almost 10 years of practical experience running retrospectives; The Retrospective Handbook offers you practical advice on how to make your retrospectives even more effective.

Retrospectives for organizational change explores how retrospectives can be applied conceptually to initiate and implement organizational change, by leveraging the experiences of a diverse group.

The Agile Retrospective Kickstarter provides detailed exercises based on the team mood, size, and proximity. It's a handy kickstarter for people interested to start up or spice up their agile retrospectives.

Together these books will make your Agile Retrospectives rock! Teams will love to do them :-)

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Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises
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Paperback Edition available on AmazonLulu, and Barnes & Noble.

We present you: A new agile book with many exercises for facilitating retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they bring, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

This is a book for agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who already have some experience with retrospectives. 

With this book we are offering a half year of our work to the community to help teams all over the world to get better in doing retrospectives.

Want to stay informed about retrospectives and future versions of our book?

Join us at eepurl.com/Mem7H or join Luis Goncalves Monthly Webinar right here.

This book is being translated into many languages, they are all available on Leanpub.

Ben Linders & Luis Gonçalves

About the authors

We are both active bloggers at www.benlinders.com and lmsgoncalves.com. On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.

During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that practicing different exercises helps to develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises and get more value out of them

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Fun Retrospectives

Fun Retrospectives

Activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging
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On this book, we provide you a tool set of activities to transform a group of people into an effective team. Keeping the participants amused and providing a setting where they can reflect, discuss and have fun is fundamental to continuously improve. The catalog presented here is composed by a set of activities, each one appropriate for different contexts and teams. There are Energizers, activities to start off any meeting and getting people to know more about each other. You will also find activities for defining ground rules and getting a team started, which we call Team Building Activities. On other contexts, maybe when running a Retrospective or a Futurespective, you will want to measure the participants' engagement and understand more about their feelings, for which case Check-in activities are suitable. 

To the extent you want to be a part of engaging people deeply and fully with fun and effective activities, you will yourself be invited into a journey of reflection and self-discovery. With this in mind, in this book we go deep into some of the activities and ideas for applying high engagement to typical retrospectives and similar meeting settings.

Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your Retrospectives

Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your Retrospectives

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It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect
Robert Louis Stevenson

Retrospectives have been the pulse of continuous improvement for teams since the boom in popularity of agile methods. For organisations who only inspected a project after it had delivered (or not), moving to a bi-weekly or monthly improvement cycle was a revolutionary shift, but why stop there? Unfortunately many teams repeat the same process over and over, so their retrospectives become flat, unrewarding and get discarded for not adding value.  This can have slow down improvement and demotivate team members. 

Learn how to improve retrospectives and avoid stagnation, with fifty ideas designed to help you enhance and energise your continuous improvement effort. This book will help you get better outcomes from retrospectives and from any continuous improvement initiative. It will help you consider how best to prepare for retrospectives, generate innovative insights, achieve valuable outcomes, improve facilitation techniques, keep things fresh and maybe even how to have a bit of fun whilst doing it.  

Who is this book for?

This book is for anyone who undertakes continuous improvement of any sort, especially those looking to get better outcomes from retrospectives, either as a participant, facilitator, coach or manager of teams. We include ideas for people with varying levels of experience. So, whether you are just getting started with Scrum and retrospectives, or a veteran of continuous improvement looking to fine-tune or get new ideas, or if your retrospectives have become a bit stale and need re-invigorating, there are ideas in here to support you.  

Many of the ideas and concepts are universally applicable and will be of use to anyone trying to make improvements in any industry or walk of life. They are not limited to the confines of software development, where we work.

Who is this book not for?

This book is not for someone without any knowledge of retrospectives. We are making an assumption that our readers will probably understand what a retrospective is, as well as how to go about using them. If you have little or no experience participating in or facilitating retrospectives please read another book first. There are plenty of good books and materials out there that introduce the basic processes and formats.

The Retrospective Handbook

The Retrospective Handbook

A guide for agile teams
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Are you running retrospectives regularly? Perhaps you run retrospectives once a week, or fortnightly. Do you feel like you could be getting more out of your retrospectives and fuelling continuous improvement in your teams? You may already find retrospectives valuable, but suspect there are ways of making them better.

This book condenses down over eight years of experience working with the retrospective practice within the context of real agile teams. It offers you practical advice on how to make your retrospectives even more effective including topics such as:

  • Best methods to prepare for a retrospective
  • Picking just the right materials
  • Facilitating retrospectives with ease
  • Dealing with common retrospective smells
  • Retrospectives in different contexts including distributed, large and small groups
  • A checklist for preparation
  • Ensuring retrospectives result in change

Read the Foreword (available in the preview) by Agile Retrospectives's author, Diana Larsen to see why this book is for you.

Hard copies now available

Prefer a hard copy (paper version) or want to give one away as a gift? Order one online at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

Agile Retrospective Kickstarter

Agile Retrospective Kickstarter

Build over 250 agendas for your retrospectives.
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Yet another retrospective book? Why? There are already quite a few..

Yes! And that’s exactly the reason. I teach workshops on retrospectives (among other topics) to ScrumMasters, team-level and enterprise Agile coaches. And my observation is that despite of all the ocean of information on this topic, there still seems to be a big gap between the wisdom that is in the books and what people actually do in office meeting rooms under a lit sign: "Don’t enter. Retrospective on air".

Your feedback is warmly welcome at info@retrospective-cheat-sheet.com

Retrospectives for Organizational Change

Retrospectives for Organizational Change

An Agile Approach
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    In this book, Jutta Eckstein examines how retrospectives –originally a kind of a facilitated workshop for gaining feedback– can be applied conceptually to initiate and implement organizational change. Technically, retrospectives were an instrument for a group to examine a past joint period of time and learn from that. The participants of a Retrospective for Organizational Change do not share a joint past, yet they learn from their different individual experiences and use this as a basis to form a shared future. The main strength is to leverage the experiences of a diverse group. Especially if the change is dynamic, which means the approach toward the goal is unclear or if it is complex, where the goal itself is in-determinate, Retrospectives for Organizational Change can provide a way to support the change. This book covers the conceptual idea of using Retrospectives for Organizational Change and additionally reports on the feedback and experiences of its practical application.

    About the Authors

    Ben Linders
    Ben Linders

    Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile RetrospectivesWaardevolle Agile RetrospectivesWhat Drives Quality and Continuous Improvement.

    As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers.

    Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Culture and Methods at InfoQ and as an expert in communities like ComputableQuoraDZone, and TechTarget. Follow him on twitter: @BenLinders.

    In need of advice, consultancy, training? Have a question? Contact me!  info@benlinders.com

    Luis Gonçalves
    Luis Gonçalves

    My name is Luis Gonçalves and I am an Agile Coach, Co-Author, Speaker and a Blogger.

    I have been working in the software industry since 2003, being an Agile practitioner since 2007. I have a lot of experience in integrating sequential projects phases like localization into an Agile Framework and pioneering Agile adoption at different companies and different contexts. I have a technical background yet my passion lies at the Management side where I am a Management 3.0 passionate.

    I am a co-founder of a MeetUp group in Munich, Germany called High Performing Teams. Me and my colleagues created this group with the vision of “Define the future of Management and Leadership” . We are aiming to collaboratively generate several ideas/theories and try them out in our professional life.

    I like to write and share ideas with the world and this made me a passionate blogger. I get inspiration from my professional life and from all books that I read every week. You can follow my blog here.

    Glauber Ramos
    Glauber Ramos

    Glauber Ramos works as a consultant in Thoughtworks since 2011 and worked as a designer/developer in many differente projects in different areas of expertise like health, transportation, banking and e-commerce. Glauber likes to help teams create great user interfaces that are user-friendly, intuitive and easy to use. He is also founder of a distributed retrospective board that is helping many teams in different countries to improve their projects.

    Taina Caetano
    Taina Caetano

    Taina TC Caetano works as a Consultant Developer in Thoughtworks since 2011, where he participated in teams distributed between Brazil, United States and India. Now a consultant in San Francisco, TC has been facilitating retrospectives for multiple teams across the globe, helping with their efforts to adopt continuous improvement practices. In 2014, he became a coach in the ThoughtWorks University program, working closely with over 100 graduate developers and providing training in various agile development practices.

    Paulo Caroli
    Paulo Caroli

    Meet Paulo Caroli , the Lean MVP and retrospective guy that's taken a unique approach to people and interactions over process and tools (first sentence from the Agile Manifesto). He thinks product creation and evolution should be based on real learnings (goodbye long projects planned on hypothetical requirements). It should be based on the minimum viable products (the fastest enabler for validated learning based on real usage). 

    Principal consultant at Thoughtworks Brazil and co-founder of AgileBrazil,  Paulo Caroli has over twenty years of experience in software development, passing in various corporations in Brazil, India, USA and Latin America. In 2000, he met the Extreme Programming and since then has focused its expertise in processes and practices of Agile & Lean. He joined Thoughtworks in 2006 and held the positions of Agile Coach, Trainer and Project Manager. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering, both from PUC -Rio. Author of “To the point; a recipe for creating lean products”and “Fun Retrospectives; activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging”.  Read more at www.caroli.org

    Ben Williams
    Ben Williams

    Ben Williams is a product development and organisational change consultant. Ben helps organisations deliver real business value, consistently and faster. Applying a wide range of tools and techniques drawn predominantly from agile and lean disciplines, Ben coaches teams and leaders to appraise and refine their work systems. Contact Ben at ben.williams@neuri.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @13enWilliams

    Tom Roden
    Tom Roden

    Tom Roden is a software delivery coach, consultant and quality enthusiast, helping teams and people make the improvements needed to thrive and adapt to the ever changing demands of their environment.

    Tom specialises in agile coaching, testing and transformation.  He collaborates with teams intent on delivering high quality software with speed and reliability, supporting ongoing improvement through process and practice refinement, influenced by agile and lean principles.

    Patrick Kua
    Patrick Kua

    Patrick Kua is author of “The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams” and "Talking with Tech Leads: From Novices to Practitioners." Patrick brings harmony to technical and non-technical realms, leading teams and writing software for production systems in .Net, Java and Ruby.

    Patrick is passionate about working closely with teams, helping them grow and learn with sustainable and long-term change, and sometimes facilitating situations beyond adversity. Patrick relies on retrospectives as a basis for improving teams, and is passionate about helping people achieve maximum value from the retrospective practice.

    You can follow his blog at http://www.thekua.com/atwork or on twitter at @patkua

    Alexey Krivitsky
    Alexey Krivitsky

    Alexey Krivitsky is a Lean-Agile practitioner with deep hands-on experience. First Scrum project run in 2003. Since then Alexey has been coaching teams and helping organizations gain more agility. Alexey has engineering background and is a software developer.

    In 2008 Alexey kicked off the AgileUkraine.org community and since then co-produced dozens of Agile events, including the sounding Agile Eastern Europe conferences 2009-2015. He is a public speaker. Alexey is also one of the few Certified Scrum Trainers.

    Alexey is the author behind one of the most popular teaching simulations of Scrum with LEGO that has been translated to more than 15 languages.

    Alexey occasionally blogs at http://www.agiletrainings.eu/blog/

    Jutta Eckstein
    Jutta Eckstein

    Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She holds a M.A. Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. Product-Engineering, and a B.A. in Education. Her know-how in agile processes is based on over fifteen years’ experience in project and product development. She has helped many teams and organizations all over the world to make the transition to an agile approach. She has a unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. This is also the topic of her books 'Agile Software Development in the Large', 'Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams', and 'Retrospectives for Organizational Change'. She is a member of the AgileAlliance and a member of the program committee of many different European and American conferences in the area of agile development, object-orientation and patterns. At the last election, Jutta has been designated for the Top 100 most im-portant persons of the German IT.

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