What is a sprint retrospective

Sprint retrospective


The Sprint Retrospective offers the Scrum Team the opportunity to review itself and create an improvement plan for the upcoming Sprint.

It takes place between the sprint review and the next sprint planning. An upper limit of three hours is set for a one-month sprint. With shorter sprints, the meeting is usually shorter. The Scrum Master ensures that the meeting takes place and that all participants understand its purpose.

The Scrum Master ensures that the meeting is constructive and productive. The Scrum Master teaches everyone to keep the time box. Due to his responsibility for the Scrum process, the Scrum Master takes part in the Sprint Retrospective as an equal member.

The Sprint Retrospective is being conducted at

  • Review how the past Sprint went in terms of people, relationships, processes and tools involved;

  • identify the most important well-run items and possible improvements and put them in order; and

  • Develop a plan for implementing improvements to the way the Scrum Team works.

The Scrum Master encourages the Scrum Team to improve its development processes and practices within the Scrum process framework in order to be able to work more effectively and satisfactorily in the coming Sprint. In every Sprint Retrospective, the Scrum Team works out ways to improve product quality by adapting the processes or the definition of done accordingly, provided that these changes are appropriate and do not conflict with product or company standards.

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