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Agile Retrospectives by Ken Schwaber, Diana Larsen, Esther Derby

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Supporting Larger Changes

Iteration retrospectives usually generate compact changes—changes that the team can accomplish in the next iteration or stepwise over a few iterations. Larger retrospectives can generate broader changes that take longer to implement. Broader changes require more support and more attention to how people respond to change.

People experience predictable transitions as they let go of the old and take on the new, even when they’ve chosen and planned the change (The Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond [Sat91], Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change [Bri03]). When a change is perceived as small, people adapt without external support. For larger changes, the transition takes longer and happens at different rates ...

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