What is retro on retros?

It’s a free remote session for anyone – regardless of title and experience – that participated in retrospectives or want to learn about it.

It’s a time to stop and reflect on how we tune and adjust our retrospectives.

What does it look like?

We use different tools and structures based on group size. It’s all very interactive. Here’s some screenshots or retro on retros run for a client.


We follow an OARRs to communicate clear Outcomes, Agenda, Roles and Rules.


After introductions, folks share topics to provide context – sometime as anecdotes. The group clusters and prioritize topics to discuss.


The group takes notes–I tend to do it visually–to capture insights of the discussion.


And we finish it with some feedback on the session.

More details

Why are you doing this?

  • To give us time to stop and reflect on how we reflect in our retrospectives
  • This is an activity for the upcoming Principle 12 Agile Alliance Initiative to promote purposeful retrospectives

Who is coming? Who are you?

  • This event is for all retrospective participants regardless of role or facilitation experience
  • It’s organized by volunteers
  • I am Enrico Teotti, a facilitator and agile coach. Find out more about my experience here

What will we do?

  • We will reflect by comparing ideas–like retrospective designs and stories–with other peers
  • We will generate group insights

How?

  • Expect heavily remote interactions - this is NOT a webinar
  • The structure will vary depending on group size and will be shared on the day. Usually we go lean coffee, if more then a handful of people we’ll break out.
  • This is a sample structure used for the PST event of world retrospective day

More examples

Different contexts require different level of interaction. Here’s some more remote examples:

Using a visual metaphor


With Mindmaps to capture discussions


Talking about bringing FRIM and circles and soups online