agile42 eLearning Course

Facilitating Retrospectives

This course is designed to help you understand what a retrospective is, why it is important to hold retrospectives, and how you can facilitate a retrospective.
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  • Content: reading and quizzes
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Discount: If you would like to purchase this course for a team, please contact us.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

    • Express at least two key outcomes of a retrospective
    • Define five phases in the structure of a retrospective
    • Describe at least two aspects to consider when holding a retrospective
    • List at least four different techniques to facilitate a retrospective
More information

A retrospective is an opportunity to learn and improve. It is time set aside for a team to reflect on past events and behaviours.

By completing this course, you will get introduced to the power of retrospectives, their purpose and structure. You will learn simple yet effective techniques to build your own toolbox and become a proficient retrospective facilitator.

The course is composed of a mix of instructional reading texts, resources and interactive quizzes, which aim at stimulating different parts of our brain and thus help learning more and retaining the learning longer.

 

Target audience

The course is designed for anyone who is approaching agility or Scrum and interested in getting introduced to the power of retrospectives: engineers, business analysts, project managers, leaders.
The course is also intended for team members, Scrum Masters, team leaders, coaches who are not new to Agile and Scrum, but want to design and run more engaging retrospectives.

Retrospectives can be used across industries, so even marketing specialists, data scientists, HR representatives, and other professionals looking for a better way to foster collaborative learning and improvement are encouraged to take the course.

Training topics
    • Purpose and Impact of a Retrospective
    • Scope and Structure of a Retrospective
    • Techniques for Facilitating a Retrospective

Background on Retrospectives

A retrospective is an agile practice that fosters continuous improvement, which goes beyond just changing the process and looks at the interactions within the team. It is the only practice that is implicitly mentioned in the Agile Manifesto.

Retrospectives are also used in non-agile environments, in the form of a “post mortem”, that results in “lessons learned”, usually also called OFI (Opportunities For Improvement). However, good agile teams learn to run retrospectives frequently and while the work is still in progress, so that problems can be addressed early, directly by the same people who identified them.

This course will help you make the first steps towards becoming a proficient retrospective facilitator and provide you with insights and techniques you can put into practice straight away.