I am very proud to announce the release of the best-seller book FunRetrospectives: activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more effective, available on Amazon.com for kindle and paperback.
I am super happy as the book reached the #1 in Amazon in Brazil (where I am from and more people know me). I posted in Portuguese one day prior to releasing this post in English.
Thank you for being part of this success. The recommendations, comments, and feedback were essential for improving the content. Thank you each and every one who shared their ideas, suggestions, and activities with us.
The site – www.FunRetrospectives.com — and the book have evolved with amazing contribution by the global agile community.
The book has an amazing foreword by our great friend, supporter and inspirer Diana Larsen (thanks Diana!)
HOW THIS BOOK WAS CREATED?
Since 2013, TC and I have been collaborating with many supporters to talk about and share FunRetrospectives. We fostered this community and gathered the content through the website www.FunRetrospectives.com, the FunRetrospectives e-book, talks, and training.
But how did the “fun” part come about in retrospectives?
The name was suggested by Patrick Kua in 2013. Pat is our friend who is also author of the great The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams. While we were organising retrospective activities in a new website dedicated especially to them, we met Pat when he was on a business trip in Brazil.
Then, we asked him: “We need a name for the website and the e-book that we are going to create. What do you suggest?” Pat replied: “Caroli, you make retrospectives lighter, you have a different style. Your activities are more… fun!”
And it was from this conversation that the name FunRetrospectives came up and, after that, the nickname “FunRetro.” Retro is short for retrospective. It was already common for people to say “let’s do a retro,” instead of saying ‘let’s do a retrospective.” As many people were using the FunRetrospectives activities, they started to say: ”Let’s do a FunRetro!”.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THE BOOK
The FunRetrospectives book helps you with two things: one, planning and structuring your retrospective agenda; and two, provide you with lots of activities and ideas. As such, you can use it as a quick reading to improve your understanding of retrospectives, with new ideas for your meetings; and as a handy catalog to browse when you need to choose an activity for your upcoming retrospective.
We start the book by introducing the seven steps agenda, with a structure on how to think about, prepare, and organize the meeting. By analyzing the team’s context and where they’re at, you’ll be equipped to choose the best set of activities to use.
We then follow with a catalog of different types of activities. All activities follow a pattern about its classification, a simple step-by-step on how to run it, as well as tips and advice for adapting to remote meetings.
This extensive catalog is based on years of experience by us and our colleagues, being a collaborative effort from the retrospective community. We thank each and every one of the community members who have shared their knowledge and helped us build this catalog.
This is a complementary book that works well in conjunction with other books about retrospectives and facilitation. We strongly recommend books by the author of our foreword and other amazing people like her, who deepen the knowledge on the subject and explore different aspects of facilitation, team bonding, and team dynamics.
Our journey with retrospectives presented us with many challenges and a lot of learning. We hope that, by sharing our experience with you throughout this book, we have helped you enable your team to be even more successful. Thank you for reading, and have fun in your next retrospective!