(8) Retrospective

Start a Retrospective (8) session from the ScrumFunction bar.  Its primary purpose is to end the sprint.  But a ScrumMaster Retrospective gives you powerful analytics, to ponder on your own or discuss with your team.

Backlogs are constantly changing throughout the project, in two directions: increasing because work is added and decreasing as work is completed.  Tasks may be added or deleted as new requirements emerge, issues arise requiring additional work, and technology debt accrues.

But a Retrospective session can be much more.  If run on the last day of the sprint with your team, it is an opportunity to discuss and evaluate what’s worked well, what didn’t, and what should be changed to move the project forward with better results.

Retrospective Session Closes the Sprint

Retrospective session closes the sprint

Swipe from an edge to display the App bars.

1.  If running a team meeting, activate any attending teammates not using the NextWave Agile Story Sizing Cards application.  Those using it should be automatically connected.  Tap an individual’s ‘X’ or tap ‘Activate all Team members’.

2.  If you choose to use the voting functionality, click to log individual votes.  Votes are automatically averaged.

3.  Tap ‘Start timing ritual’ to begin the session.

Metrics for the sprint display.

Retrospective Display Sprint Metrics

The Retrospective displays sprint metrics

4.  Sprint Retrospective (activity summary)
Adjustments include: the difference between your original task estimates and story point values agreed upon in Sprint Planning; one story and task automatically added for each ritual session held; and any other additions or deletions made during any session.

5.  List of tasks completed.

6.  Average team vote on sprint success.

7.  Total hours of teammates whose work reduces backlog.  To adjust the number of sprint work days due to holidays, change ‘Start’ and ‘End’ dates (only the ‘Work days’ number is important for reporting).

8.  Productivity trends (graphs build as sprints complete).

9.  Sprint analysis graphs (TIP:  flip tablets to portrait orientation to expand graph views)

OK, so it’s not scrum, but it is Agile…

Do you want to take partial credit for work when it is actually completed?  ScrumMaster gives you the option to credit a percentage of completed task story points, based on the status level achieved, to the sprint in which they were earned.

The completed story points are recorded and the task is automatically renamed, and with the remaining story points, it returns to the Backlog.  In addition, any new stories or tasks created and completed during the sprint can be credited.  (New work can be added to a sprint at any time.)

The result?  More accurate tracking and better reporting!

For example, assume ‘Test complete’ is the setting for when your team’s work is done.  Choose ‘Split unfinished’.  For a task with an ‘In Test’ status, 75% of this task’s story points are credited in this sprint.  A task ‘remainder’ is automatically created and returned to the backlog.

Retrospective Option to Take Partial Credit

A ScrumMaster Retrospective gives you the option to take partial credit for work completed during the sprint.

Swipe from an edge to display the App bars.

1.  Use the ‘Split unfinished’ approach to more accurately record actual work effort, as work is credited when it is completed.

2.  Use ‘Create task’ in a Retrospective session to adapt to production changes.  Burndown types include:

  • Part of original estimate
  • Add during development
  • Resolve a development issue
  • Work to rectify bugs in code
  • Development spike
  • Technical code debt
  • Time spent in Agile meetings

3.  Tap ‘Stop timing ritual’ to end the session.


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