[Alexandre Martins] Retrospectives: Analogy For Developers

One day, while reading Esther Derby’s book, preparing for a retrospective session, I came across a great analogy between retrospective and development life-cycle:

While continuous builds, automated unit tests, and frequent demonstrations of working code are all ways to focus attention on the product and allow the team to make adjustments, retrospectives focus attention on how the team does their work and interacts.

Indeed it helps people improve practices and focus on teamwork. That’s why it is one of my favorite meetings.