Are you a seasoned Agile pro? Or are you a newbie? Either way, the retrospective is a big part of your team coaching toolbox. Agile Retrospectives are carried out in a variety of ways. Most often, though, visualization is the best way to help break the team-sharing logjam. Here’s a look at how to use draw.io for Agile Retrospectives.
You say you’re not intimately familiar with the agile framework or retrospectives? Then let’s take a moment to define what we’re talking about.
Agile is a project management methodology that divides projects into short cycles of work. These shortened intervals, or sprints, help improve production speed. They allow for constant revision.
An Agile Retrospective is a team meeting held at the end of each Agile sprint. This meeting is a chance for the team to reflect on how to make their efforts more effective. And it’s a way to tune and adjust their approach accordingly.
Unlike other meetings, in Agile retrospectives, the team has control. That’s because the team has full ownership of the agenda and the outcome. They’re not told what to do or how to think. Blame or accusations aren’t allowed. Most importantly, the team’s results or working output – never people – are the only targets for criticism.
Agile Retrospectives are a great place to take a close look at your team’s working environment. They’re also an opportunity to engage in a variety of team-building activities.
Perhaps some processes aren’t working the way they should. Or maybe there’s tension inside the team. These are both great retrospective topics. But retrospectives don’t need to revolve around things that are going poorly. In addition, they’re useful for taking the next step in team development. Retrospectives improve processes that are already working quite well. Because they point out challenges that might pop up in the near future.
The right tool for the job
And draw.io’s new Board Macro capability makes examining all of these objectives easier.
draw.io Boards acts like a classic whiteboard. But the big difference is that your results are immediately available digitally in Confluence Cloud. draw.io Boards is embedded in Confluence Cloud, just like draw.io Diagrams, via the macro /draw.
The draw.io Boards editor is reduced to a minimum without losing the central features of draw.io. As a result, you’ll be able to easily capture and cluster ideas, sketch small workflows, or draw freehand.
In a nutshell: draw.io’s Board Macro is a move from technical diagramming towards collaboration. It’s particularly useful in dynamic situations like meetings, etc.
That means that an entire team works within the same board macro to collaboratively move towards a goal.
Here are a couple examples of how your next retrospective will improve thanks to draw.io’s Board macro.
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