Sustainable Improvement through Agile Retrospectives by Ben Linders

Speaker Ben Linders
Sustainable Improvement through Agile Retrospectives
  • talk
  • 45
  • 60
  • coaching
  • management
Presentation language
  • English

Buy-in from professionals is crucial to make changes succeed in organizations. Many improvement programs fail when professionals are insufficiently involved during the changes. Agile retrospectives can be used to do continuous and lasting improvements in organizations. They are owned and done by the teams, who decide when, where, and how they will change their way of working. This is why agile retrospectives are a sustainable approach for improvement.

We need to uncover better ways to do improvements in organizations. Use an iterative approach for change with short-cycled improvements and frequent feedback to learn how to improve and get better in doing it. Agile retrospectives are a better way to do continuous improvement.  Teams decide when, where, and how they will change their way of working, in stead of having the changes dictated by managers or quality/process people. Retrospectives give power to the teams and help them to become self-organized.

My first book  Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises contains many exercises that you can use to do retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they can bring you, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.


In this session I will discuss how retrospective can help you to get sustainable improvements done:

  • How to get buy-in for improvements from “the workforce”.
  • What makes Agile Retrospectives effective for continuous improvement.
  • How does agile and retrospectives change your role as improvement manager.
User Persona
  • business analyst
  • coach
  • executive
  • developer
  • first-timer
  • IT engineer
  • practitioner
  • product owner
  • manager
  • team lead
  • tester
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Session History

An earlier version of this presentation was given at the SEPG Europe 2013 conference. For a summary of that talk, see

Last Updated 12 Feb 15:40