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The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year by Mitch Lacey

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Chapter 16. Retrospectives

Retrospectives are often one of the first Scrum elements to go by the wayside. As schedule pressures mount, teams feel they don’t have time for what they consider the luxury of a retrospective. Once teams start skipping retrospectives, the downward spiral begins.

We visit one team that is coming out of its third sprint and struggling. Frustration is running high and discipline is running low. People are ready to abandon the retrospective—not atypical for a team getting started with Scrum.

The Story

Jamie knew the team was in danger of falling apart. Stories were slipping, builds were breaking, unit tests were failing. It felt like the project was crashing around them. Everyone was frustrated. Several team members had ...

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