Ask most Scrum Masters, and they’ll tell you their favorite event is the retro. It’s rewarding to create space for learning or to inspire a conversation between team members as they discover brilliant, new ways of working together. And you’d think that after the 750+ retros that I’ve facilitated that I’d have it down to a science. I don’t. Humans always find a way to surprise me.
Do you know who has it worse though? New facilitators. And although I’ve written about retros previously, it’s mostly been about theory. Not today though. Today, let’s talk practical. Below is a list of questions I ask myself as I prepare for every retro.