- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (Aug. 5 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977616649
- ISBN-13: 978-0977616640
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Paperback – Aug 5 2006
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Two of the software industry's leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives.--Dave Hoover Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.
Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don't have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful.--Johanna Rothman Author, speaker and consultant Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
""Two of the software industry's leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives.""
--Dave Hoover, Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.
""Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don't have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful."" --Johanna Rothman, Author, speaker and consultant, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
About the Author
Esther Derby is one of the rare breed of consultants who blends the technical and managerial issues with the people-side issues. She is well known for her work helping teams grow to new levels of productivity and is recognized as one of the world's leaders in retrospective facilitation. Esther's articles have appeared in Better Software (formerly STQE), Software Development, Cutter IT Journal, and CrossTalk. She writes regular columns for stickyminds.com and Computerworld.com, and publishes the quarterly newsletter, insights. Esther is also a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference. Diana Larsen partners with leaders of software development projects to improve project performance, support and sustain change, and build collaborative workplaces. Diana serves on the boards of the Agile Alliance and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, participates in planning for the XP 200x and Agile 200x conferences, and speaks at several software conferences every year. She's written articles for Software Development, At Work, Cutter IT Journal, and Cutter's Executive Update and e-Advisor series. Diana is a founder of the Annual International Retrospective Facilitators Gathering.
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In agile software development, you can have an ad hoc retrospection after an iteration, that's good.
The book gives you a good sense of what to think when preparing, leading and repeating retrospective meetings. That makes the purpose of retrospection to go beyond a simple "what went good; what went wrong" meeting.
The book does not guarantee you'll make the best retros in the world (after all, it's you that lead the meeting), but it's a really good start for thoughts on that subject.
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That is not to say that there are not some grand theories within.
Consider this book and essential field guide for those practicing Agile Project Management. Of the 11 on the PMI list this book is clearly a must buy!
Retrospectives! This is crucial stuff that too many people put too little thought into. Call it what it is: Probably the second most important meeting of your entire project/sprint. What's the first? Not kickoff! Funding, of course ;)
But seriously, any and all agile practitioners need to pick a book like this up and make your retrospectives empowering, celebratory, and constructive experiences!
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