Know Yourself and Adapt with Retrospectives

One of the principle of the Agile Manifesto is that “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” In this article, Glen Wang explains that ” the Scrum retrospective is a great platform for inspection and adaption, or knowing and doing. Know yourself and adapt to the world.”

The retrospectives are the main tool for continuous improvement in the Scrum framework. In this article, Glen Wang shares his understanding and experience of retrospectives from the knowing perspective and from the doing perspective. He presents the following insights:
* The retrospective enhances individual and team identity: who I am.
* The retrospective enhances the sense of achievement and meaning.
* The retrospective maintains a sense of sanity for both the individual and the team.
* The retrospective enhances the overall sense of satisfaction, motivation, and celebration.
* The retrospective creates a sense of membership and belonging, and it cultivates consensus.
* The retrospective promotes action motivated from within.
* The retrospective serves as team self-coaching and facilitates growth.
* The retrospective creates a sense of flow.
* The retrospective puts value on immediate action.

The conclusion is that “The key point to remember is that knowing is when the world comes to your mind; doing is when you come to the world.”

Read the complete article on http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2013/2013-may/the-retrospective-know-yourself-and-adapt-to-the-w

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