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Have zombies taken over your retrospective?
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2017
Have zombies taken over your retrospective? Maybe the Sprint teams seems more like hungry mastiffs that won’t stop barking? Perhaps you are wondering if ESVP is a misspelling of ESP? If you have answered yes to the above questions, this is the retrospective book for you!
I’m a Scrum Master. I have encountered all sorts of outcomes, outbursts and out-of-this-world scenarios in retrospectives. This book was a lifesaver when I needed more ideas how to engage my Sprint teams. Every chapter has a take away. For example, in the very first chapter, a retrospective is described, start to finish, with activities included, and closes with a make-believe but real-world outcome. The authors offer a prescribed structured format that keeps people engaged, focused and ontrack.
The chapter on “Setting the stage” is a great kick-off to a retrospective that keeps your Sprint team members from turning into the undead. The game “ESVP” is when the team members say whether they are “Explorers”, “Shoppers”, “Vacationers” or “Prisoners.” It can be really telling where the Sprint team is based on their answers.
The book also gives advice on dealing with dominating people and toxic people. Ever have someone just start barking at people in a retrospective? I have copied the authors’ exact phrasing when speaking to someone who will not lower their voice. There are more great “go-to-phrases” when you are at a loss for words or don’t know how to respond to an unfamiliar situation.
The only thing I would add to this book is a chapter on dealing with remote teams. How do you keep people awake with the sound of your voice when they are an ocean away? Use real-time tools like google draw/google forms to re-create these games. It’s not rocket science to build a fishbone diagram online. I have discovered that any interaction with remote tools, even just voting “thumbs up”, makes a huge difference in the engagement of a remote team. And, can keep team members from impersonating the walking dead.