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Improving the Team

Building a Team Backlog: The Power of Retrospectives

“Inspect and adapt” is one of the basic tenets of continuous improvement, and agility in general. Holding retrospectives is one of the core processes that allows teams to look back and reflect on their progress. However, over time, teams may focus only on the product work and lose interest in their own improvement as a team. Kanchan Khera and Bhuwan Lodha believe that one approach to solving this problem is to bring the rigor, structure, and discipline we use for maintaining healthy product backlogs to team improvement by creating a “team backlog”—items the team needs to do to improve itself. The team backlog introduces three keys to successful and sustainable team improvement—a structured framework, visibility of its impact, and creative ways for building the backlog. Just as a healthy backlog is the basis for a great product, so a healthy team backlog helps create great teams.

Kanchan Khera, McKinsey & Company

A portfolio manager at McKinsey & Company and an avid agile enthusiast, Kanchan Khera believes that agile is a way of life and a very powerful concept with the pure intent of making successful products and happy people. She sees huge untapped potential in agile that could change the way we think and work. Kanchan has extensive experience with agile teams in varied roles, has spoken at conferences worldwide, and is considering writing a book about her journey building high performing teams. Kanchan enjoys painting, listening to music, traveling, and problem solving.

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Bhuwan Lodha, McKinsey & Company

A product manager at McKinsey & Company, Bhuwan Lodha is a certified Scrum Product Owner and Pragmatic Marketing certified product manager. Bhuwan has extensive experience working with agile teams and projects of various sizes at companies like SAP and Nokia. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to build great teams and market winning products.

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