Definition of Sprint Retrospective:

A retrospective in Scrum is a meeting after the completion of a sprint in order to discuss whether the sprint was successful and to identify areas of improvement for the next sprints.

Use of Sprint Retrospectives:

The Scrum team holds a retrospective meeting at the end of each iteration to briefly analyze this last sprint and identify one or two improvement ideas for the team to address in the next sprint. The goal of the retrospective is to focus on specific actions the team can take towards their goal of continuous improvement (Kaizen) and not to conduct an extensive post-mortem. Retrospective meetings typically consist of data gathering, data analysis, and action items (areas of improvement for the next sprint).

Benefits of Sprint Retrospectives:

  • Teams learn from mistakes and collaborate together to improve future sprints.
  • Improvements can be quickly included into the process.
  • Motivate the team to find solutions to their problems.
  • Reduce frustration and stress.
  • The continuous improvement process leads to better value for customer.
  • The team becomes empowered.

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