The Importance of Facilitating Retrospectives

by The Agile Consultant @AgileRandall

Perhaps the most important role for the Scrum Master is to facilitate the retro meeting. Lord knows programmers can’t self-organize so they need a Scrum Master to help them. But it is not only important to guide the programmers but make sure they stay on track with Agile.

When teams are left to discuss what they don’t like about the process, what is not working and what the impediments are, inevitably Scrum itself comes up.

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Ryan’s Scrum Story

submitted by Ryan

I have worked with Agile on two occasions in my career. The first experience was a positive one over 10 years ago. We were a small development team and we introduced Agile ourselves. We studied the literature and various flavours of Agile and owned it. We had buy in from middle management and we got on with it. It served us.

My second experience of Agile was the complete opposite. This time it was brought in by Agile consultants. They came in with this self-righteous attitude of the keepers and protectors of the knowledge. Questions and critique were met with polite condescension. We were not the experts and it was great we were trying but please leave this to the people who know Agile and understand software development process.

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