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During and Following the Retrospective

Your Role During the Retrospective

It is important that you actively participate and engage team members in the discussion during the retrospective. Take an active role in analyzing the survey results and working with your team to identify impediments and opportunities for improvement, as you develop your growth plan. Help to create a safe environment for open, honest conversation and don’t forget to celebrate success!

The key deliverable from the retrospective is the Growth Plan created by the team to act on the areas that will help the team to grow and to ask for help from leaders on issues that are outside of the team’s control. Your role is to assist the Facilitator in capturing the Growth Items for the team during the retrospective and ensure that the plan is of good quality.

Self-organizing teams function as their own Product Owner for Growth Items. Growth Plan Items are added to the backlog and worked by the team or sent up to Leadership to work. Be sure to fill them out as completely as possible. Just like good user stories, the Growth Plan Items need to be well-defined with clear acceptance criteria.

Here are some examples:

Sample Team Growth Item

Sample Organizational Growth Item

Building the Growth Plan

During the retrospective, the team will be working to create their top few Team Growth Items as well as their top few Organizational Growth Items. Growth Items are added within the Assessment Results. Learn about creating growth plan items to build the growth plan. 

Your Role Following the Retrospective

Building a quality Growth Plan during the retrospective is a great start, but the real work comes as the team takes action to improve in the areas they have identified as the highest priority Team Growth Items. Your role as ScrumMaster is to keep the plan visible and help the team to break the Growth Items down into smaller stories and tasks that can be completed within an iteration.

Each iteration, work with the team to identify the highest priority Growth Items they want to work on and identify tasks that they will complete. Keep the tasks visible along with their other work. During the iteration retrospective, review completion and work with the team to identify improvements.

Learn about managing the team growth plan.

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