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Agile Retrospectives by Ken Schwaber, Diana Larsen, Esther Derby

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Structuring a Retrospective

In Chapter 1, Helping Your Team Inspect and Adapt, we laid out a structure: Set the Stage, Gather Data, Generate Insights, Decide What to Do and Close the Retrospective. This structure brings in perspectives from all team members, follows a natural order for processing information, and moves the group toward committed action.

You’ve decided how much time you need to achieve the retrospective goal; now what do you do with that time?

Here’s how it might work for a two-hour retrospective:

Set the stage

5%

6 minutes

Gather data

30--50%

40 minutes

Generate insights

20--30%

25 minutes

Decide what to do

15--20%

20 minutes

Close the retrospective

10%

12 minutes

Shuffle time

10--15%

17 minutes

Total

100%

120 minutes

You’ll need time to ...

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