05 May '13, 5pm

Understanding the context of retrospective items is key for succes.

An agile retrospective is a safe space. We can reflect on the week, think through our victories and defeats, and say what we feel. If your team is a ship, the retrospective is the captain. The captain looks at where you’ve been, thinks about where you’re going, and course-corrects as necessary. Without a retrospective, you’ll likely end up blindly sailing straight into a hurricane. The retrospective is a critical departure from our day to day process of pair programming. When we pair, we’re focused on the problem directly in front of us. We have to put two minds together to solve that problem, and this requires a surprisingly intense amount of focus. It’s not a process that lends itself to introspection and reflection. The departure from that day-to-day into a retrospective leads to an interesting communication challenge. Consider this: when we pair, we solve problems by t...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/getting-context-in-a-retro/

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