The Retrospective is one of five events in Scrum. It’s purpose is to inspect the whole Scrum Team from the perspective of people, process and tools, and then adapt the way the whole team works.
Like all Scrum’s events, the Retrospective is a mechanism of empiricism – inspecting the way the team works, collaborates and delivers its outcomes. The outcome of the Retrospective are actionable items that are added to the Sprint Backlog for the upcoming Sprint.
Managers, stakeholders, and other parties don’t attend the Retrospective. Sometimes Retrospectives require a safe place to discuss failures or have difficult conversation about what’s not working within the team and why.
The whole Scrum Team:
The Scrum Master:
Actions from the Retrospective aren’t “let’s do a workshop next Sprint to make a decision or plan”. The Retrospective is that workshop.
Scrum Masters may also have to remind participants that removing Scrum events is not within their power to decide “not to do”. If an event isn’t proving of value to the Scrum Team, discussion should encompass “what can we all do to improve its value”, not “let’s just not do it anymore”.
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