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Management Strategies for Agile Teams: Scrum Retrospectives


Andrew Burrows
Scrum Master, IBM

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About This Class

Retrospectives are a requirement of the Scrum framework and are recommended for Agile teams as well — they can be used to inspect the process and identify obstacles and blockers a team may face. Good retrospectives enable the team to adapt their processes and continually improve. In this class, you’ll learn why retrospectives are important as well as the four core components of every good retrospective, then go through practical exercises demonstrating techniques for each of the core components.


  • Introduction 4:08
  • SCRUM Framework 7:04
  • Set the Stage 1:12
  • Gather Data 1:53
  • Generate Insights 5:01
  • Decide How to Improve 2:20
  • Question 34:18


  • Learn how to configure and facilitate an effective retrospective.
  • Gain an understanding of the boundaries and responsibilities of an effective facilitator with regard to retrospectives.
  • Be able to evaluate a team’s issues and identify the most effective retrospective.
  • Learn how to evaluate a company or team’s openness to retrospectives and identify ways of resolving that resistance.

About the Instructor(s)


Andrew Burrows
Scrum Master

Andrew Burrows is the Agile Methods Lead for the Marketing Innovation Group within IBM. Andrew has been practicing Agile since 2007, first badly and continuously improving. As a coach and facilitator, Andrew seeks to establish true Agile behavior within teams and their organizations, enabling them to inspect and adapt their way to success in an independent, sustainable manner. When not writing bios, Andrew enjoys obsessing over baseball and spending time with his incredible wife and two boys.

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