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Hello, <<Your Given Name>>!

2 new activities just landed in Retromat 🎉
Plus, we launched the Retromat Blog

Exiting News: For the first time ever, Retromat has a Sponsor of the Month: Emendare, a Scrum Consultancy. If you’re German, you might wanna check out their trainings :)

Having sponsors will allow us to add activities more frequently such as these 2 new activities:
Know Your Meme (#134)
 
If the retrospective was a meme or gif, which would it be?
Source: Thorben Heins

Usually devices are frowned upon during a retrospective. In this activity the participants get to whip out their laptop or smart phone in order to find the meme or gif that best represents the retrospective. Give participants 3 minutes to find the meme and then go around the circle. Each participant shows their meme and briefly says why they chose it.
Avoid Waste (#135)
 
Tackle the 7 Wastes of Software Development
Source: Tony O'Halloran

This activity facilitates a broad discussion around waste, using the 7 Wastes of Software Development from Lean Software Development by Mary and Tom Poppendieck.

Prepare the room with 7 flip-chart sheets, each representing a category of waste. Be sure to give enough room for small groups to stand around them, so spread the sheets out across the room!

The 7 categories of waste are:
  1. Partially Done Work
    Is work going from beginning to end in a single rapid flow? For example; are you building up large amounts of untested or undeployed work? Do you have long-lived feature branches?
  2. Extra Features
    Do your customers or users actually need what you’re building?
  3. Relearning
    Do you spend a lot of time rediscovering what you (or someone else on your team) already knew at one time?
  4. Handoffs
    Is your team truly collaborating, or handing off bits of work to each other, losing tacit knowledge in the process?
  5. Delays
    Does work typically spend lots of time stalled awaiting things like environments, someone to be available, or decisions to be made?
  6. Task Switching
    Do you find that you lose time to
    context switching frequently?
  7. Defects
    Does your team have a low defect rate? How late in the development process do you find defects? Could this feedback loop be shorter?
To start, briefly describe each of the different types of waste (more in-depth information here). Then pose the core questions:

In which situations do we incur this type of waste?
Where do we do a good job of avoiding this type of waste?

Break into groups of 2-3 people, preferably with a mix of roles in the groups. This helps to build awareness of the waste everyone else is dealing with on your team. Then, each group selects their first topic and spends a short amount of time writing post-its to answer the two questions above. Limit it to 2 or 3 minutes per topic and 2 post-its per person for each topic to avoid getting swamped with data. When the timebox is up, each group cycles to the next category until everyone has had an opportunity to contribute to each.

What themes are emerging? What do participants notice? Use dot-voting to decide which topics are important enough to further discuss in the next phase.
In other news, we've finally added a blog to Retromat to add additional tips, tricks and background information about retrospectives and facilitation. We're still building it up. The long term goal is to fulfil its promise: "All About Retrospectives" :)

So long and have a great week,

Corinna


PS: Your company would like to sponsor Retromat? Hit reply to find out how and what's in it for you :)
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