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Conduct sprint retrospective

Sprint retrospectives offer us an opportunity to inspect and adapt our process. By reflecting on the sprint you just finished, the scrum team learns about how the team’s processes are working and how to improve them in future sprints. While you conduct the sprint retrospective, create a list of desired improvements and decide which ones you will implement and when, being mindful that it may not be possible to implement them all at once. Empirical process control (transparency, inspection and adaptation) and continuous process improvement are two of the key principals of Scrum, which you should leverage as part of every sprint retrospective.

What

A sprint retrospective is good scrum practice, dedicated to reviewing a completed sprint and learning from both the successes and the failures so the team and organization can continuously improve.

Why

You’ll learn best from an organized and methodical reflection on your project experience. As such, the sprint retrospective is an important mechanism for harvesting the newly gained wisdom, allowing you to turn what you learned into tangible changes for future sprints.

How

The entire Scrum team should participate in this retrospective, and it should be facilitated by the Scrum Master. It’s important not to skip or rush through this important meeting. Start by reviewing the project goals, timeline, budget, major events, and success metrics. Then discuss what worked well and what didn’t and identify specific ways to improve future work. The goal is to come up with useful strategies that everyone can agree on for future project implementations.

The Scrum Master should set the expectation that the retrospective is “blameless” – the meeting is about sharing insights and learning and not about placing blame, venting, or working out interpersonal issues. This is an important guiding principle to enable open and honest feedback during the retrospective. The output of the sprint retrospective is used to generate actions (owned by the Scrum Master) that address the improvements identified ahead of the next sprint.

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