Essential Scrum
Essential Scrum

Chapter 22: Sprint Retrospective

Scrum provides two inspect-and-adapt opportunities at the end of each sprint: the sprint review and the sprint retrospective. In the previous chapter I discussed the sprint review, where the team and stakeholders inspect the product itself. Let’s now turn our attention to the sprint retrospective, where the Scrum team examines the process used to build that product.

I begin with an overview of the purpose of and participants in the sprint retrospective. I then describe the prework and major activities associated with a sprint retrospective, the most important of which occur after the sprint retrospective when the participants actually follow through on the improvements they identify.

Chapter Contents:

  • Overview
  • Participants
  • Prework
    • Define the Retrospective Focus
    • Select the Exercises
    • Gather Objective Data
    • Structure the Retrospective
  • Approach
    • Set the Atmosphere
    • Share Context
    • Identify Insights
    • Determine Actions
    • Close the Retrospective
  • Follow Through
  • Sprint Retrospective Issues
  • Closing