Setting the stage. Gathering data. Encouraging participation. Making your team feel safe.
Facilitating retrospectives doesn’t come without challenges that require attention and preparation to overcome. And these obstacles to success can be exaggerated by a sudden and dramatic shift in team dynamics like a sudden transition from being together to working from home.
David Horowitz, Diana Larsen, Esther Derby, Molood Ceccarelli, Paul Tevis, Jay-Allen Morris, and Kirsten Clacey.
David Horowitz is co-founder and CEO of Retrium. Retrium is the world’s first and only enterprise-ready platform for Agile retrospectives. Prior to co-founding Retrium, David spent nearly a decade between The World Bank and International Finance Corporation as a software developer turned Agile coach. While there, he experienced firsthand the importance — and difficulty — of effective retrospectives at scale. In addition to Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Economics from The University of Maryland, David has a Master’s degree in Technology Management from The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business. In 2013, he successfully founded and exited a movie search engine business. David is married to his college sweetheart and is the father of three little ones.
A visionary pragmatist and co-founder of the Agile Fluency Project, Diana Larsen co-authored, "The Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile." She is the author of _Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great_, _Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams_, and _Five Rules for Accelerated Learning_. For more than 20 years she has worked with leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, and support leadership and enterprise agility. An active speaker and contributor to her professional community, Diana has contributed in leadership roles to the Agile Alliance, the Organization Design Forum, and the Agile Open Initiative.
I’m an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies evolve their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.
As coach and facilitator, Paul has more than a dozen years of experience in helping leaders foster effective change in their organizations, in both startups and Fortune 500 companies. Find out more at http://vigemus.com.
Jay-Allen offers remote facilitation training and consulting services to companies across the world. She has specialized in enabling distributed teams to reach high performance, using a combination of adapted facilitation techniques, team coaching methods, and Agile frameworks. She has spoken and continues to speak at conferences on the topic of remote facilitation and creating effective distributed spaces. In 2020 she has co-authored the book, The Remote Facilitator’s Pocket Guide. Jay-Allen has a background in humanities, which has been invaluable in her various roles within the tech industry. She found it natural to transition into the role of Team Coach. She has been focusing on creating effective team spaces, both in-person and remote. She volunteered for the SUGSA Committee (Scrum User Group of South Africa) from 2017– 2018, organizing the annual conference and encouraging new speakers.
Kirsten offers remote facilitation training and consulting services to companies across the world. She has specialized in enabling distributed teams to reach high performance, using a combination of adapted facilitation techniques, team coaching methods, and Agile frameworks. She has spoken and continues to speak at conferences on the topic of remote facilitation and creating effective distributed spaces. In 2020 she co-authored the book, The Remote Facilitator’s Pocket Guide. Kirsten has an educational background in clinical and neuropsychology. She has built on her psychology background in her work with software teams. She has focused primarily on the financial technology sector, working with both local and distributed teams. From 2016–2019, Kirsten served her local Agile community by being on the SUGSA Committee (Scrum User Group of South Africa), organizing monthly Meetups and the Regional Scrum Gathering in SA.