Wrap up with a retrospective

We learn and improve from everything we do. Before leaving the workshop, run a retrospective. The retrospective is an opportunity to get feedback from the client and the team on how things went and what could be improved.

These are the top questions to ask yourself:

  • Does everyone have clear understanding of the problem and solution?
  • Did the team create alignment between people in the room?
  • Are there specific next steps and a story map that can be estimated?
  • Can this product be successful?

Ask the team the following questions before wrapping up:

  • What went well and why?
  • What wasn’t as effective, how could we improve?
  • Were there sticking points? How could we avoid and/or address them in the future?
  • Are there any outstanding questions? (Direct this question to the stakeholders for follow up and/or immediate response.)
  • What are the specific next steps and who owns them (Devbridge team or the client team)?

Collect all the artifacts from the boards. Type up comments and feedback. Capture the next steps. Grab dinner or drinks with the entire team to close out an intensive couple of days.

The Secret Source by Aurimas Adomavicius

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Aurimas Adomavicius is the president and co-founder of Devbridge. When not in the trenches working with clients, Aurimas is an active speaker and writer on product design and engineering best practices.

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