The retrospective meeting is a crucial part of the Scrum framework. Its goal is to ensure that the process used is reviewed after every sprint and the team never stops improving. But how can you ensure your retrospective that achieves this goal?
The retrospective ceremony is an amazing opportunity for teams to become more Agile by learning from the past and trying new approaches. By so doing, teams can consistently achieve better results in overcoming project obstacles. However, it's often put aside due the pending work the team still needs to create, or because they see no value doing it.
The best teachers I have ever had made their finest points outside of the typical every-day classroom lesson. A long time ago, my fourth grade school teacher wanted to teach us a valuable life lesson. He whispered five sentences into the ear of a student in the first row. She then whispered the sentences to the next kid and this went around and around until the very last student had the information. I recall being somewhere in the middle of this long whispering chain. Not surprisingly, the information had completely changed, and also, this being grade school, the results were very amusing.