Overall retrospective

overall retrospective
overall retrospective

What’s an overall retrospective in agile world? We often associate this term with the LeSS framework but this ceremony can be interesting in other frameworks at scale.

Sprint Overall Retrospective in LeSS framework

The Sprint Overall Retrospective is a ceremony that is added in some framework allowing to work several Scrum teams around the same product ; we find this ceremony in the LeSS framework. It’s a retrospective for an agile at scale.

Sprint Review et Retrospective Less
Sprint Review and Retrospective Less

This retrospective is carried out by the managers, the scrum master, the product owner or even the head of the team if it exists; it is complementary to the classic retrospective that teams make between themselves. It is very important to trace all the impediments in order to find axis of improvement.

Which workshops to carry out during this Overall Retrospective?

You can use the same retrospective workshops used in other types of retrospectives.

Here are two example of possible workshop to do:

Speedboat retrospective
The 3 little pigs

Can we use it in other frameworks?

Of course! This ceremony could be very interesting to do a big retrospective in your company. A lot of company forget that but it’s very important to do large restrospective to improve the operation of the company.

Here are examples where this ceremony can be very useful:

  • between teams that work on the same product
  • for the entire company
  • why not for a business unit

I advice at all companies to do this kind of ceremony because it’s very important to try every time to improve the environment; and this ceremony is a solution for that.

It’s not easy to animate this ceremony where there are a lot of people; find some very good facilitators to prepare and animate this ceremony. It’s very important that this ceremony is going well, if you really want to have good outcomes.

Conclusion

If you want to have a learning enterprise, don’t hesitate to do this kind of ceremonies. It will help your company to improve itself day after day.

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About Judicaël Paquet 126 Articles
Judicaël Paquet (agile coach and senior devops) My activities in France and Switzerland: - agile transformation architect - customized agile training - sensitization and manager coaching - agile maturity audits and situations - agile coaching (teams, orga, product owner, scrum master, agile coach) Specialties: scrum, kanban, management 3.0, scalability, lean startup, agile method.

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