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Big-Room AgilityHealth® Retrospectives

Big-Room Retrospectives help organizations establish a health and maturity baseline, gathering information across a large number of teams all at one sitting. Organizations rolling out AgilityHealth® to a large number of teams in a one or few teams at a time manner experience data collection stretched out over several weeks/months. This sometimes leads to the last team's baseline overlapping with the first team's baseline. The results then end up demonstrating growth over the time during the roll-out, rather than a solid baseline from all teams. Big-Room Retrospectives helps solve this dilemma.

The reasons to explore using a Big-Room Retrospective include:

  • The baseline is obtained quickly – a portfolio of teams establishes a robust baseline assessment
  • The quality of data is high due to the coordinated control over variables
  • Point in time data is gathered that is less subject to team scheduling
  • Consistency of user experience across teams occurs
  • Discussion generates positive energy among team members
  • A collaborative environment is fostered among all teams
  • Momentum is generated for continuous improvement in the organization

What is a Big-Room Retrospective?

A Big-Room AgilityHealth® Retrospective is simply a scaled version of the one-team AgilityHealth® Retrospective. An individual team completing an AgilityHealth® Retrospective requires an AgilityHealth® Facilitator (AHF) lead the retrospective and build a growth plan with the team. A Big-Room AgilityHealth® Retrospective accomplishes the same value, but supports the coordination of resources and schedules multiple teams' retrospectives as one ceremony.

  • Several teams are in one large room at the same time or teams are participating virtually
  • Primary AHF kicks off the retrospective
  • All teams complete their team's assessment at the same time
  • Each individual team has their own AHF to facilitate the team's retrospective
  • Cross-team sharing of what was learned occurs while in the large room
  • Managers are invited to the Team Readout in the last 30 minutes to bring awareness of some trends in TGIs and OGIs to leadership and to discuss next steps

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The Strategic Retrospective Process for Teams

Our popular retrospective for teams is the TeamHealth® Radar Retrospective. This team retrospective is made up of three parts. First, team members take the assessment, then the team analyzes the results and works together to build growth items, establishing an actionable growth plan. The TeamHealth® Radar is a popular choice for Big-Room Retrospectives.

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AgilityHealth® Big-Room Retrospective Agenda

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Be sure to visit our virtual facilitation article for best practices, tips and information on online breakout rooms.


Audience for an AgilityHealth® Big-Room Retrospective

Team Members who take the assessment during the Big-Room Retrospective:

  • Core members of the team [SM, PO and Development Team]
  • Includes contractors who are members of the team
  • Does NOT include anyone who does not deliver as part of the team
  • For some assessments, including the TeamHealth® Radar, the ScrumMaster and Product Owner roles may receive additional questions that focus on quantitative data about the team. It is suggested to send these questions ahead of time to the role(s) who will answer them, so they can gather the data for the answers.

Stakeholders who should be sent the assessment ahead of time:

  • Do not attend the strategic retrospective session
  • Stakeholders are people who have a direct stake in the health and delivery of teams but are not part of the actual team [Product Mgmt., Team Leads, etc.]
  • Stakeholders receive a 2-question survey prior to the strategic retrospective and answer the following questions:
    - What is your confidence in the team?
    - Using a scale of 1 to 10; how likely are you to recommend working with this team to others?
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