Retrospective: understand perceived facts before reasoning

10 Apr 2012 | Agile Culture

Reasoning is the core activity for a retrospective. But it is important for a group to have a common ground on what they are reasoning about. The group has to first look at facts and perceptions.

All argument and reasoning must be based upon certain perceptions. Without these, there cannot be any argument. Reasoning is the method of comparison between certain facts which the group has already perceived. If these perceived facts are not there already, there cannot be any reasoning.

When planning a retrospective, choose an activity to help the team uncover facts. Facts help the group understand perceptions, and upon that the group will be ready to engage into reasoning.



Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books about Lean Strategy and Delivery). He's also the creator of , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here .

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