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90 Minutes to Better Sprint Retrospectives

Maximizing the effectiveness of this key event

Jim Sammons

Many teams struggle with understanding and holding effective Sprint Retrospectives. Sprint Retrospectives are one of the five Scrum events and are a key enabler for modern teams that want to improve. In this course we will discuss the history of continuous improvement in the workplace, how Scrum and other agile frameworks use Empiricism to deliver high quality solutions in a healthy and iterative manner. and provide you with actionable techniques you can use with your teams. This Scrum event is critical to the improvement and health of team who is working on solving complex problems.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, hands-on, online course, you’ll understand:

  • What is a Sprint Retrospective
  • Why do we hold a Retrospective each sprint
  • A 5 Step format you can use to structure each Retrospective to maximize its usefulness
  • 6 examples of Retrospectives that have been shown to drive engagement, happiness and lead to improvements for teams

And you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and foundational principles of a Sprint Retrospective
  • Demonstrate to your teams how to take incremental steps towards improvement
  • Explain the value of this key Scrum event to your teams, managers and leadership

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re a Scrum Master who facilitates Sprint Retrospectives that aren’t valuable.
  • You work with teams that can improve.
  • You want to help solve important problems for your team.


  • Basic understanding of the Scrum Framework

Recommended preparation

About your instructor

  • Jim Sammons is a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org, where he leads training classes, workshops, and conferences in support of the Scrum community at large. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients of all sizes, from various industries, using many different technologies. Jim’s passion is helping people do work that matters—with intention, happiness and impact. In his spare time, he enjoys making things out of wood, metal, and other materials; reading; and spending time with his family and animals.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Sprint Retrospectives (90 minutes)

  • Poll
  • Presentation: What is a Sprint Retrospective?
  • Discussion: Common Mistakes with Sprint Retrospectives
  • Presentation: The 5 Step Structure to effective Retrospectives
  • Exercise: Practice! We will walk through some images and structure of (4) of my favorite Sprint Retrospective formats.
  • Q&A