There are times when people can become skeptical about Scrum. The challenge often comes in the form of ‘there are just too many meetings’. The Rocket Retrospective is something I have created which helps to mitigate against these calls, whilst allowing the team an opportunity to reflect on past retrospectives. It is a quick and focused retrospective that can help your team realise the value of this key Scrum event.
Asking questions at the end of the retrospective may be helpful for you as the Scrum Master to gain insight for improvements to your next retrospective. In addition, participants have a final chance to speak.
Here are a few examples:
‘What can we do to ensure we make action on our commitments?’
‘What can each of you do in your role as an accountability buddy this Sprint?’
Not only does this retrospective offer a shorter timebox for your team, but it can also help keep team members focused.
I ran the Rocket Retrospective for a small team as a way to close off the year. The feedback received was that the focused timeboxing did not allow the distractions of phones to come into the room as the rhythm of the retrospective kept a good pace.
Give it a go and let us know how it worked for you and your team!
Chris is an experienced Scrum Master with a demonstrated history of challenging the assumptions that impede Agile transformation. He's passionate about people and fostering the culture needed to grow and deliver great digital products.
Chris is a skilled trainer who has a hunger for learning, something he role models and aims to impart on the individuals and teams he works with. He's a Doctor of Philosophy with a background in further education and was a lecturer in history before becoming a Scrum Master.
SUPERPOWERS | Putting people first. Training. Education.
KRYPTONITE | Archaic processes. ‘Yes, but’. Expensive Post-it notes.
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