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://helpingimprove.com.
Jay-Allen is the co-author of The Remote Facilitator’s Pocket Guide. From her many years of working with leaders and teams as a Coach and Facilitator, she has developed a unique, authentic, and humorous style. Simply put - it’s impossible not to love working with Jay. She loves Star Wars and is obsessed with Lego, but don’t let her comfortable style fool you; her expertise runs deep: she’s also a world-renowned speaker and trainer.
Kirsten Clacey is a professional Facilitator and Coach, with expertise in remote facilitation, team design and dynamics, learning design and Agile. Her neuropsychology background coupled with extensive experience coaching teams towards improvement, gives her a unique perspective on humans and systems. In the last 5 years, Kirsten has made a study of synchronous remote collaboration, specifically in complex meeting situations. This work led her to co-author a book: The Remote Facilitator’s Pocket Guide and co-found: The Remote Coaches, a consultancy offering coaching and training to organisations and leaders navigating distributed working.