What are the advantages of the Retrospective in Agile?

 

In this article, we will learn the advantages of the Retrospective meetings in an Agile project.

What is a Retrospective?

A retrospective is a meeting, where the Scrum team brainstorms and discusses what went well and what could be improved in the last sprint of the Agile project, then set out some Action Items(AI).

Everyone in the team is expected to have an open mind during the retrospective meeting. It is not a place to blame or point fingers at if something didn’t work well in the last sprint. Everyone is also expected to take responsibility where it is due and make improvements where they can.

Advantages

The retrospective is an opportunity for the Scrum team to openly discuss what went well during the Sprint that should continue and what areas need improvement.

The main idea of Retrospective is for the scrum team to evolve from sprint to sprint moving forward.

The output of the meeting is a compiled list of AI ( Action Items. ). The team decides on what action items to take on as goals for the next Sprint and issues that should be escalated.

Retrospectives are an immensely powerful tool and are extremely useful in fostering an environment of continuous improvement.

Retrospective Confluence Page

Retrospective Template

Improve the Agile project or the Sprint execution, by documenting the three things:

  • Start Doing
  • Stop Doing
  • Keep Doing

Starfish Retrospective

In the Starfish Retrospective template, we track five things using this template. Those are

  • Start Doing
  • Stop Doing
  • Keep Doing
  • Less Of(let’s do less of this )
  • More of(let’s do more of this)

 

Starfish Retrospective Template

 

Jira Confluence Page

If we use the Jira tool for Agile, after closing a sprint, the tool would prompt to create a Retrospective Confluence page created to track the things that can be created using the Retrospective template.

 

 

SMART action items

During the Sprint Retrospective, the Scrum team should identify SMART action items to improve the new sprint even better. SMART stands for (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timebound)