About this Publication

Running a successful retrospective can be challenging. Maybe you never run one before and you are not sure where to start. Maybe you run dozens of them and you see that they are not as productive as before. The solution is in the tools you can use to guide you to better retrospectives.

Retrospectives: A Scrum Master’s Guide is here to help Scrum Masters run awesome retrospective sessions and engage their teams in productive discussions that lead to actual solutions.

The guide includes twenty unique retrospective techniques and focuses on step-by-step instructions for each one of them. If you never run a session before, the guide will tell you how to and will help you be successful from the start.

In addition to clear instructions, each technique includes speaking prompts to get you a head-start in each Retrospective even if you didn’t have time to prepare. Take away all the stress from facilitating difficult discussions!

To make sure you stay on track for your Retrospective session, the book contains a one-pager per technique that you can print and use as a cheat-sheet. Print all twenty and you can easily bring the whole set with you in your pocket.

The book also includes some general guidelines and advice that can be used in any retrospective, such as different ways to run a voting exercise, how to resolve common challenges in a retrospective, and how to engage your team in advance of the actual session.

As a Professional Scrum Master with years of hands-on experience, I have collected, developed and tested these techniques myself. All of them are based on my personal stories working with a variety of teams. You will find a perfect technique that works best for your situation.

All the great things that are included in the book:

– Situational guide. A short explanation will help you understand what team and situation each technique work best to help you adapt your approach.
– Preparation guide. See exactly how much time and what you need to prepare for the session.
– Step-by-step instructions. Clear instructions will guide you through the session even if you never run a retrospective before.
– Speaking cues. To make sure your team understands various aspects of each technique, explanation examples are given for each step of your retrospective.
– Technique variations. Almost every technique can be modified to be reused in a new way and provide different results thanks to additional examples.
– Facilitator’s notes. Notes based on real-life challenges and situations are added to help you make your retrospective technique a success!

About the Author

My focus is to help teams and organizations to create better working environments. The kind of workplaces where self-organizing self-motivated teams build awesome products. I have a wide-angle view on the common challenges thanks to my diverse experience. My journey led me from Russia to France and now to Canada. Along the way, I worked with organizations in a variety of industries such as fintech, network security, cloud engineering, video game production and more. Not only that, but I also had a chance to work with top leaders in huge corporations with more than 60k employees, medium-sized companies of 500 employees as well as start-ups of 15 people. One of my strengths is my creativity. Thanks to the creative approach teams I work with discover new ways to look at old problems and find new solutions. I adapt my teachings and practices to each situation I encounter to increase engagement and empower people to make decisions. My passion lies in mentoring Scrum Masters by providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. As a practicing Scrum Master myself, I know what the role entails on a daily basis. As a Professional Scrum Trainer I can help bridge the knowledge gap through high-quality Scrum training materials. But I don’t stop there. To foster higher collaboration in the community, provide practical tools and inspire others I founded ScrumMastered. This is where I share even more knowledge and skills that can help Scrum Masters grow in their role the same as I did throughout the years.