Scrum Sprint Retrospective and Review – Part 2 of 10

This article looks to discuss the Scrum Sprint Review and the Scrum Sprint retrospective. The processes involved in these ceremonies will be discussed along with the advantages and disadvantages of the meetings.

Scrum Sprint Retrospective and Review

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Scrum Sprint Retrospective and Review Part 2 of 10
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Scrum Sprint Retrospective and Review

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This article provides an ‘Introduction the Agile Sprint Review and Retrospective’ and looks to discuss what is involved within these meetings. It provides an insight into is the point of the Agile ceremonies and what is involved in them.

Scrum Sprint Review and The Scrum Sprint Retrospective

The thing that will help your team take back ownership of their work is having a set of values and principles that allow them to make changes to the way that they work.

In the traditional lessons learned style of self-review, the only opportunity for reflection comes at the end of the development process, when there’s no chance to apply the information you’ve gathered to the current product. According to the agile values and principles, every aspect of the development process is inspected throughout the entire life cycle of the product, rather than only at the end.

There are two main ceremonies that facilitate this reflection: the sprint review and the sprint retrospective.

Sprint Review Meeting

The Sprint Review meeting is held after your team has finished all of the deliverables they committed to for the current sprint. It’s attended by the product owner, the development team, the scrum master, and the stakeholders. All the major players in the product’s development are together in one room, for the sole purpose of making sure that the product is generating as much value as possible.

Part of this reflection takes the form of a demonstration of the features built by the development team, and the subsequent approval by the product owner and the stakeholders. The product owner’s responsibility at this point is to ensure that the features align with the product vision, and that they’ve been tested and work how they should. This is the last chance to inspect and adapt the product before it is released to the customers.

The stakeholders attend this meeting, they are the ones who can let the team know what features are going to add value to the product. The development team is helping meet the objective to maximize the return on investment of the features for the product. Remember, inspect and adapt to increase present and future value and satisfaction. The team will come out of the sprint review meeting with an updated product backlog, and  a set of completed and approved features.

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