Retrospectives: Five Years Beyond the Book

[presentation]
by
Norm Kerth, Elite Systems
Summary: 

Project
Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews
was published half a decade ago. Some organizations embraced retrospectives and recorded astounding results; others struggled with the concept. Norm Kerth, the author, developed a ritual of retrospectives to address a neglected aspect of the common software development process-learning from our experiences to improve the way we approach our next project. When a retrospective is carefully designed to a few key principles, it yields a positive experience loaded with many relevant lessons and a team committed to improving the way they go about doing their work. Following the steps outlined in his book, Norm explores the reflection process to see what worked, what we learned, and what we would do differently. Some of you will have little knowledge of retrospectives; some of you will be most experienced with the ritual. Join Norm as he both introduces the idea and searches for the wisdom of retrospectives gained in the past five years. was published half a decade ago. Some organizations embraced retrospectives and recorded astounding results; others struggled with the concept. Norm Kerth, the author, developed a ritual of retrospectives to address a neglected aspect of the common software development process-learning from our experiences to improve the way we approach our next project. When a retrospective is carefully designed to a few key principles, it yields a positive experience loaded with many relevant lessons and a team committed to improving the way they go about doing their work. Following the steps outlined in his book, Norm explores the reflection process to see what worked, what we learned, and what we would do differently. Some of you will have little knowledge of retrospectives; some of you will be most experienced with the ritual. Join Norm as he both introduces the idea and searches for the wisdom of retrospectives gained in the past five years.

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