Agile + DevOps West 2019 Tutorial: Rethinking Your Retrospectives

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Rethinking Your Retrospectives

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The retrospective is the most important ceremony that an agile team performs. Continuous improvement ideas, team health concerns, organizational impediments, and shared wins are brought to light and explored during a retrospective. This is the heart of agile. Ryan Ripley says that if you aren’t doing retrospectives, you’re missing an incredible opportunity to collaborate and improve as a team. Learn how to get started with retrospectives and take away solid action items to get this important tool implemented on your team. For those already using retrospectives—but still unsure how to get the most out of them—Ryan says to consider “fit for purpose” when deciding how to facilitate an upcoming retrospective. The sad truth is that many teams are stuck in a rut with the standard start–stop–continue retro format. Explore multiple retrospective formats and when you can use them to get the results and insights your team needs to learn and improve. Participate in hands-on retrospectives and learn how agile coaches and ScrumMasters, through strong facilitation, can help their teams reach new levels of success.

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

For the past ten years Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSE, PSPO I, PSD I, CSM, and CSPO agile certifications. He lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and three children. Ryan blogs at, hosts the Agile for Humans podcast available on iTunes, and is on Twitter @ryanripley.