What is The Good Gardener Retrospective?
Grow your garden of agile experiments and help foster and gain from new beginnings.
We have a number of shameless gardening fans here at TeamRetro – this interactive sprint retrospective idea is both for them and all of those other good (and not so good) gardeners out there!
Like projects, gardens come in all shapes and sizes – from single pot plants to sprawling estates – and gardens can be as varied as the style of the people who tend them.
This gardening metaphor encapsulates the Agile methodology.
The team has to work with its own plot of land, decide on what the outcome is, and then decide what to plant. Balancing the quality of the seed (the idea) with the right soil (the working environment), through to dealing with stakeholders and harvesting, all in the pursuit of continuous improvement (the production of an award-winning marrow or dream of curating a flawless front lawn).
Additionally, gardeners may also adopt an empirical approach using data to make decisions and improve yield. The transparent nature of a garden of inspection (checking on those pests) and adaption (replacing snail ravaged magnolia seedlings with hardier petunias to deliver a spring display), aligns exceptionally well to Scrum’s three pillars. It all points to the Good Gardener being a great Scrum sprint retrospective idea that allows the team to propose and decide what they could do going forward.
With all of that in mind, it’s no wonder folk at TeamRetro love to garden!
Good Gardener Retrospective Format
What should we start or experiment with? What ideas have been sparked? What tweaks could we inject?
What do we want to continue investing in? What has worked well, and we want to see more? Where can we see value increasing?
What have we gained? What can we showcase? What lessons have we learnt? What insight have we procured?