One of the vehicles for continuous self-improvement on agile teams is retrospectives, a form of post-mortem held at the completion of every iteration. More often than not, retrospectives begin to fade and the list of action items keeps growing until teams simply succumb to business-as-usual practices. Teams sometimes abandon retrospectives altogether because they feel like a waste of time and simply add to team’s frustration levels! I’ve seen it happen, it is NOT pretty.
Do you feel like your retrospectives are a death march where no one is actively participating?
Do the same issues resurface repeatedly?
Are your retrospectives ending prematurely or being cancelled in favor of "getting more real work done"?
Or maybe you feel great about your agile retrospectives, but just want to learn more about Kaizen...
Join Angela as she leads this interactive discussion about how you can use Kaizen to make your retrospectives fin and effective again. She will begin with a brief review of what an agile retrospective is, walk through some retrospective scenarios she has experienced on her own scrum teams, and then explain the concept of Kaizen and walk through the Kaizen process. Lastly, Angela will demonstrate how you can use the Kaizen process to turn your agile retrospectives back into the effective continuous improvement tools they are meant to be!
About the presenter:
Angela Dugan is a Principal Consultant and the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Practice Manager for Polaris Solutions, a small .NET development and ALM consulting firm based out of Chicago, Denver, and St. Louis. Angela has been in software development since 1999, including 5 years at Microsoft. In 2011, she followed her passion back into the consulting world where she could be far more hands-on with her customers and play a greater role in the local tech community. Angela runs the Chicago ALM user group, is a Microsoft ALM MVP, a Certified Scrum master, and a certified SAFe Program Consultant.