Retrospectives for Distributed Teams

Tuesday 12 September 2017

6.45pm - 9.00pm

Ordnance Survey, Explorer House, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS | Maps

Free of charge

In order to attend this event you must have registered via Meetup by 3pm the day before (Mon 11th Sept). You MUST also bring a Photo ID in order to enter the building, which will be checked by Reception, who will also check the registered attendees list. Form of Photo ID accepted are Passport, Driving License or Government issues Photo ID Badges.

Organised by the Agile South Coast, Southampton Chapter, in association with the BCS Hampshire Branch.

Speaker: John Barratt


We all know successful retrospectives are a key part of any successful agile team or in fact any Organisation for that matter, but most of the facilitation methods lend themselves to being face to face. During this interactive session I plan to go through some tips and tricks on how to make distributed retrospectives more engaging. We will also try out some of the free tools during the session.

The talk will cover the following aspects:

  • Distributed Teams - New or reinforced knowledge that relationships are the focus to creating a high performing team
  • Tools and Techniques - Several tools to experiment with along with a couple of techniques
  • Icebreakers -A new focus on early interaction in meetings and several experiments to try
  • Systems Coaching - A coaching tool that helps teams review the relationships they have within the team
  • Real world - Examples of when and how these tools have been used in the past

By the end of this session you will have some new ideas to try with your distributed teams as well as a couple of simple icebreakers to help with increased collaboration and input. Longer term it will increase your confidence in what is possible even with a heavily distributed team.

John Barratt is contract ScrumMaster / Agile Coach. Having recently achieved my Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and is also author of the Agile blog

Refreshments and venue kindly provided by the Ordnance Survey.

This presentation is particularly designed for those with experience of using Agile methods.

The Agile South Coast Group meets monthly, every second Tuesday of the month, to discuss topics about the whole Agile Experience within local technical organisations and people in the Southampton / Hampshire area.

They use differing Agile techniques to explore the space, and their aim is to spread the best practices and avoid the pitfalls of applying Agile methodologies within our professional lives.