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Are you running retrospectives regularly? Perhaps you run retrospectives once a week, or fortnightly. Do you feel like you could be getting more out of your retrospectives and fuelling continuous improvement in your teams? You may already find retrospectives valuable, but suspect there are ways of making them better.

This book condenses down eight years of experience workin
Published August 2012
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Andrea Chiou
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good resource and reference material with plenty of links to other great resources. Well organized and well written.
Michael Scott
Dec 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: compsci-tech, startup
Patrick Kua's The Retrospective Handbook A guide for agile teams is about retrospectives, covering the fundamentals, the preparation, the actual process with a focus on facilitation (the manager/master of the session), the conclusion, and the post-process maintenance. The book also includes chapters for starters, for process analysts, and for people looking for related processes. In theory, $20 well-spent. In practice, the book was disappointing, by far the worst book I've read all year.

Raphael Molesim
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Obligatory, for Scrum Masters/Iteration Managers or Facilitators. This is a great guide how to run retrospectives. I think it is a great start to understand facilitator skills. And It is a short book, just 126 pages! Easy to read in a week.
Daniel Temme
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quick read, lots of useful and practical advice. And I think also very interesting for the facilitated. So I would recommend this also to non-facilitators.
Hugo Corbucci
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
A fairly basic book about retrospectives.
The main goal of the book is not to provide the user with tons of techniques and ideas but rather provide a starting point for teams willing to start having retrospectives.
Pat shares the basis for a retrospective along with his experiences.

Esther Derby's Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great provides a more structured and longer description about retrospectives but also contains fewer examples and "real" world problems one may face.

The book is a g
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a useful companion to Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. Kua's book has a bit of extra information on distributed retrospectives, and addresses many of the concerns of 'internal facilitators' -- scrum masters and the like who are part of the team, and also in the facilitator role. I was a but concerned when I read in the intro that he wrote this book because he didn't find other resources, since Derby/Larsen book had been around for a while, but the multiple references in thi ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good practical overview how to run retrospectives

This book provides a great overview of how to run good retrospectives and meetings in general. While all the recommendations and tips on there are very apt and useful I've found it a bit too practical and general. Most chapters are applicable to any form of meeting (which is good) but I would have loved a deeper dive into the psychological challenges and things to look out for with retrospectives.
Ben Linders
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Retrospective Handbook by Patrick Kua provides practical information about how to prepare and facilitate retrospectives.

It helps you to think about how to do the retrospective, plan it, and arrange all the materials that are needed.

The book contains lot's of tips to facilitate an effective and efficient retrospective.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: consulting
Good addition to the list of books on retrospectives, most useful for a beginning facilitator. Its strongest point is the chapter on distributed retrospectives.

I find the kindle version expensive when I compare it to other books in the same price range.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
A thin book ~1 hour of mandatory reading for anyone who facilitates agile retrospectives. The book describes basic rules for leading retrospectives and a lot of useful practical tips helping keep retrospectives effective.
José Donizetti
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Basic book, but well written. Worth the read.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Only just started, and already learned something...
André Gomes
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

Very nice book with lots of good advices on running great agile retrospective meetings.
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Shelves: pm-stuff
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: devel, management, ebook
It is a book about facilitating group activities.
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