Someone asked me when do you know if you just led a successful retrospective.
My first reaction was that I will have to think and come up with some metrics which optimize the complete value chain. However, I started answering sooner than later. I stopped in between, reflected and continued. On the flight back, I reflected again on what I said. I thought it made sense. Let me know what do you think?
An effective or successful retrospective should have the following characteristics “come out”:
- No one should come out of the retrospective with ill feeling or negative thoughts towards anyone.
- No one should come out of the retrospective thinking they have not been heard properly.
- No one should come out of the retrospective saying they are not a party to this decision.
- No one should feel that the real reasons or suggestions did not come out.
- The team (and PO – if he/ she was present in the meeting) should be buzzing with enthusiasm in being part of something unique.
- The team (and PO – if he/ she was present in the meeting) should come out of the retrospective with more understanding about each others roles, expectations and requirements.
I think this made a good checklist – mentally, for a Scrum Coach.