Sprint Restrospective

Attendees: Whole Scrum team (including dev team, ScrumMaster and Product owner)

Duration: 1 hour

When: Last day of a sprint after all the stories are ‘Done’


  1. Inspect & Adapt
  2. Improve
  3. Learn
  4. Process Improvements


  1. Scrum Master facilitates
  2. Scrum Team discusses ‘what went well’, ‘what can be improved’ and ‘New Ideas / suggestions’
  3. For what went well – appreciate and encourage the team / team members.
  4. For what can be improved – team inspects and tries to come up with solutions or process improvements
  5. Welcome suggestions
  6. Continuous improvement is the main idea behind sprint retrospectives.

Helpful Tip(s):

  1. Sprint Retrospective should not be used as a forum to blame each other.
  2. Try to keep the Sprint retrospective closed to only the scrum team members as that will give them a comfortable environment to communicate their views.
  3. Bring up the ‘suggestions’ or ‘what could be improved’ cards from the last retrospective and get the scrum team’s views on how the team has improved on those.
  4. Keep changing the format of the sprint retrospectives once in a while, otherwise people may get bored soon. For more ideas to run retrospectives please visit: Retrospective Ideas


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What is Scrum

The word ‘Scrum‘ comes from the sport of Rugby. However, here we are talking about the framework used for software development. This word was initially used as an analogy to signify the importance of teams in the Scrum software development process.

Scrum falls under the broad umbrella of agile methodology. It was designed by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber in the early 90’s. They then went on to form a non profit organization ‘Scrumalliance.org’ to teach and certify people in the framework since then its demand has grown exponentially mostly because of its path-breaking benefits.

Scrum process

Key Points about Scrum Framework:

  • 3 Roles (Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development team)
  • 5 Ceremonies (Sprint, Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective)
  • 3 Artifacts (Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog and Shippable Product Increment)
  • 3 key principles (Transparency , Inspection and Adaption)


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