Sprint Retrospectives in Agile Project Management

Five Steps for a Successful Review Process

We all learn from experience. But, when you're under pressure to deliver quick results, it can be all too easy to forget what you've learned as you rush headlong into the next phase of your project.

Or, perhaps your team evaluates its performance regularly, but then falls straight back into long-established routines without questioning how these could be improved.

When you're managing an Agile project, it's important to learn from each cycle of activity, so that you can do things better in the next cycle. Sprint retrospectives enable you to do that. They allow you to step back after each stage of a project and reflect on what you have learned, what could be done better, and how you can apply those lessons in the future.

Evaluating projects in phases can help to continuously develop and improve performance.

In this article, we look at what sprint retrospectives are, we set out a five-step process for holding successful retrospectives, and we explore five different types of sprint retrospective.

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