Post Retrospective Activities
Following the retrospective, your role as a facilitator is to:
- Communicate with the ScrumMaster
- Assist with Team Member Access
- Add Assessment Notes/Observations and Team Maturity Rating
- Manage Growth Items
- Manager Debrief
Communicate with the ScrumMaster
It’s important to stay in touch with the ScrumMaster following the retrospective. The ScrumMaster will be keeping the growth items to be worked by the team visible during their iterations and tactical retrospectives.
This includes actively engaging with the team’s growth backlog throughout their iterations, working with the team to review and update the user stories, breaking down the user stories into smaller stories and tasks, keeping progress visible using the Kanban view and updating the stories with the solution and notes.
Check in with them occasionally throughout the quarter on these items and be sure to work with them to schedule the next Retrospective for the upcoming quarter.
Assist with Team Member Access
Once team members have completed the assessment for the first time, they may receive an email asking them to confirm and set up their account in AgilityHealth®. You will need to ensure each team member received their email and has set up their account in AgilityHealth®. Visit our Creating Your AgilityHealth® Account article for more information.
Add Assessment Notes/Observations and Team Maturity Maturity Rating
Following the retrospective, make sure you are adding your comments in the “Assessment Notes” area. You will want to set aside some time immediately following each retrospective to complete this task so that the information is fresh in your mind.
To add your assessment notes, from the Team Dashboard, click on the icon for the team you’re working on. This will take you to that team’s Assessment Dashboard. Hover over the assessment you wish to add notes to and click on the blue pencil icon. Scroll down to the bottom of the edit assessment page to the Assessment Notes section.
You can enter the title for the assessment (for example, “baseline” or the quarter and year the assessment was taken during) and add your notes.
The notes should include, but not be limited, to these areas:
- Context around the maturity stage you selected
- Highlights from the session, including any observations you have about the team
- Highlights that can be used in the Manager Debrief
- When noting anything specific, make sure to only document things the team is ok sharing – don’t betray their trust!
- Any background information about the team and context from the session that would help future facilitators (this will be helpful for your own reference as well, if you will be facilitating additional retrospectives for the team)
If the assessment was for the TeamHealth® radar, a Team Maturity Stage should be populated for you. This was calculated based on responses to the qualitative questions in the assessment. As an AHF, you can override the maturity stage if you truly believe the team is in a different stage than what AgilityHealth® calculated for the team.
If a Team Maturity Stage is not already selected, choose the appropriate stage from the drop down. Many of our radars use Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly as the maturity stages. To learn how to determine which stage the team is currently in, visit the How do I analyze Radar Results article. To learn more about Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly, visit the What do Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly mean as Maturity Stages article.
Manage Growth Items
It’s very important that the team and the leaders that support the team manage and act on their growth items throughout the quarter. As the Facilitator, you can help by making sure that ScrumMasters and Leaders have access to AgilityHealth®, know how to find and update the growth plans and understand the continuous improvement process. Refresh on how to manage the growth plan.
ScrumMasters will manage their team’s backlog from the Team’s Growth Item Dashboard. Here they can view all growth items the team created during any assessment.
Leaders will find the organizational growth items that were created by teams in their retrospectives in the growth plans within the multi-team roll-up that includes the teams that they support. Managers and Leaders can learn about their role here.
Following the retrospective, schedule time with the mangers who support the teams to debrief them on the outcomes of the retrospective and to discuss where their help is needed for the team to grow. Ask the team what they would like you to share with the managers and cover the following topics (as applicable) during the debrief:
This slide deck can be used to provide the structure and topics for the debrief session, if desired. Managers can learn about their role in the debrief and more in our Key Manager Responsibilities articles.