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Thursday, May 5 • 10:00am - 11:40am
Help Your Organization Outlearn the Competition with Quantitative Improvement

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Which practice is this?

  • Periodically...
  • Hold a meeting…
  • Where people whine and moan…
  • Perhaps generate action items…
  • Then don’t do them.

In theory, retrospectives are the heart of agile methods, the reflect and adapt cycle that fuels continuous improvement. In practice, many leaders encounter passive resistance: the teams find them a painful waste of time. How can we get the real world benefit without the pain?

Patient, “It hurts when I do retrospectives. Retrospectives suck!”

Doctor, “Then stop doing that!”

Patient, “...OK, then what should I do instead?”

This session answers that question. Learn a simple system of practices that give retrospectives clear purpose and yield these additional benefits:

  • Rapidly align business and development on how much to invest in improvement.
  • Enable individuals to make local decisions that naturally implement the agreed investment.
  • Actually solve the problems you see.
  • Make improvement progress visible.
  • Get credit for solving those problems.
  • ...Without wasting time complaining in a meeting. 

Prerequisite knowledge:

Basic familiarity with iterative planning (Scrum's sprint planning, XP's planning game, etc.)
Optional: painful retrospectives or ineffective follow-through on retrospective action items.


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Ashley Johnson

Anzeneer, Industrial Logic
Leadership and Self-Deception Patterns of Organizational Design for Failure Cargo Cults - Pretending Progress while Minimizing Results. Unlicensed Organizational Psychotherapy Open Source Ecology Modern Agile

Thursday May 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:40am EDT
Conference Room C Eagle Crest Conference Center & Resort