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Agile Retrospectives by Ken Schwaber, Diana Larsen, Esther Derby

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Selecting Activities

After you have the bare bones of the retrospective—the goal, duration, attendees, room, and setup—it’s time to think about activities. Activities are timeboxed processes that help the team move through the phases of the retrospective. Activities provide structure to help your team think together and have several advantages over freewheeling discussion.

Activities do the following:

Encourage Equal Participation    With more than five people it’s hard for everyone to participate in a conversation. Working in smaller groups makes it more likely that people will hear and be heard.

Focus the Conversation    Activities have a particular goal that frames the conversation. That reduces (but does not eliminate) the chance of tangential ...

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