Monday, 27 February 2012

Agile East Anglia: Dialogue Sheets for Retrospectives and Discussion

Date: 26 march 2012

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm.

Location: The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ

Sponsors: Smart 421

The next Agile East Anglia meeting will be on Monday 26th March from 6pm at the The Assembly House in Norwich. To allow for better networking and socialising the session will begin in the Sir Edmund Bacon Room at 6pm, which will be setup in an informal manner. The workshop will take place from 6.30pm in the Kent room. This time instead of tea and coffee there will be a free drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) for everyone courtesy of our sponsors Smart 421.

To register for the event, please email Spaces are limited to 25 on a first come first served basis.

Dialogue Sheets for Retrospectives and Discussion

Retrospectives are a key tool in the Agile toolkit. But, they aren't easy.

Some teams do them regularly - but they can become boring and repetitive.
Other teams don't do them - they lack the time, the energy or they don't have a suitable facilitator.

To overcome these problems, and enhance teamwork, Allan Kelly has created a series of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets. These are a new tool in the Agile toolkit to inject some fun and variety into retrospectives. They also abolish the role of retrospective facilitator!

Teams which have tried dialogue retrospectives report higher energy levels, more inclusive discussions and innovative findings.

The technique can be used in other situations too, dialogue sheets exist for project kick-off and for initial Agile adoption.

This is a hands on session, everyone will get a go at undertaking a simulated retrospective based on a dialogue sheet and will learn what a dialogue sheet is, how to use one, and find some new ways to improve your work.

Allan Kelly

Over 25 years Allan Kelly has held just about every job in the software world: system admin, tester, developer, architect, product manager and development manager. Today he is based in London and works for Software Strategy Ltd. helping companies adopt and deepen Agile and Lean practices through training, consulting and coaching. He specialises in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes.

In addition to numerous journal articles and conference presentations he is the author of “Changing Software Development: Learning to become Agile” (Wiley, 2008) and more recently "Business Patterns for Software Developers" (Wiley, 2012).

This is an Agile East Anglia event sponsored by Smart 421

1 comment:

  1. A positive review of last night's event: