Agile Retrospective: Continuous Improvement and Kaizen with Scrum

Video description

Learn how to be confident while conducting Scrum. Whether you are a novice, an expert, or simply someone who wants the answer to the question—what is Sprint Retrospective?—this is definitely the class for you. Sprint Retrospective is a method for boosting your team’s efficiency.

The author explains the fundamentals of Agile Retrospective and how to organize Sprint Retrospective at an industrial level in a very simple way.

To get the best experience, all you need is a keen interest in Agile Scrum, a real need to improve your team or business, and the desire to improve continuously.

Each section features an overview of a particular aspect of holding a Sprint Retrospective and tips to organize it wonderfully. Examples are included throughout the course with interactive and quality resources. Everything is based on real-world experiences.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to improve Sprint retrospectives
  • Learn the exact techniques used by pros for holding retrospectives
  • Understand what Scrum is
  • Understand why Scrum is so powerful for conducting a retrospective
  • Boost the efficiency and productivity of a team
  • Learn the facts based on real industry experience and research


This course is useful for Scrum masters, product owners, business owners, support teams, maintenance teams, service and sales teams, development support teams, and anyone who wants a complete overview of Agile Scrum Retrospectives.

About The Author

Paul Ashun: Paul Ashun is the CEO, MD, and chief consultant at Pashun Consulting Ltd., specializing in Scrum coaching and leadership within major global organizations. They are the authors of over 10 books on Scrum such as The Power of Scrum in the Real World, Confessions of a Scrum Master as well as the upcoming Agile User Storybook.

He started as a software developer and over ten years later, he became an Agile portfolio manager. He is a certified Scrum Master and a PMO manager. He has led projects for the BBC, General Electric, Oracle, BSkyB, HiT Entertainment, and Razorfish. He has been coaching product owners and business analysts in international blue-chip companies dating back to 1999, in Agile and Scrum practices such as writing user stories.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : INTRODUCTION
    1. Introduction
    2. Agile Scrum Recap
    3. What is the Sprint Retrospective?
    4. Retrospectives - Explanation of Concept
    5. Key Elements of a Good Retrospective
  2. Chapter 2 : TIPS 1-7
    1. Example: How to Run a Sprint Retrospective
    2. Tip 1 – The Importance of Time Boxing
    3. Tip 2 – Focus on Team Needs
    4. Tip 3 – Put a Stop to the Mundane
    5. Tip 4 – Switch the Goal
    6. Tip 5 – Take Lessons from Your Friends
    7. Tip 6 - The Secret Box
    8. Tip 7 - Open Retrospective
  3. Chapter 3 : TIPS 8-14
    1. Case Study: Retrospective Regret
    2. Tip 8 - Change the Facilitator
    3. Tip 9- Change the Style
    4. Tip 10 - Accolades to the Team
    5. Tip 11 – The Retro Radiator
    6. Tip 12 – Creative Retrospectives
    7. Tip 13 – Involvement of Remote Teams
    8. Tip 14 – Separate Discovery from Discussion
  4. Chapter 4 : TIPS 15-21
    1. Coaching: How to Explain why Sprint Retrospective Works
    2. Tip 15- Avoid Assumptions
    3. Tip 16 - Taking Cue from Previous Retrospectives
    4. Tip 17 - Draw out the Problems, Successes, and Opportunities
    5. Tip 18 - Roundtable Discussion
    6. Tip 19 - Voting For Essential Items to Act Upon
    7. Tip 20 - Use the Five Whys to Get to the Root of the Problem
    8. Tip 21 - Make an Action Plan for Your Top Priorities
  5. Chapter 5 : TIPS 22-29
    1. Checklist: Sprint Retrospective Checklist
    2. Tip 22 - Allocate Exclusive Time for Actions of Improvement
    3. Tip 23 - Formal Artifacts to Record Your Retrospectives
    4. Tip 24 – Design a Working Agreement
    5. Tip 25 - Give Ample Time to Answer
    6. Tip 26 - Allow the Team to Improve During the Sprint
    7. Tip 27 - Go by a Retrospective Pattern
    8. Video 5.1: Tip 28 - One at a Time
    9. Tip 29 - Improve How You Capture Visible Notes
    10. Conclusion

Product information

  • Title: Agile Retrospective: Continuous Improvement and Kaizen with Scrum
  • Author(s): Paul Ashun
  • Release date: August 2021
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781803231563