Retrospectives are for the Scrum team

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Wed, 02/05/2018 - 15:37

It is tempting to think of sprint retrospectives as a part of the reporting process. A chance to let people outside of your Scrum Team know what you are discussing and how you are improving.

There are dangers with this approach:

  • If people think that what is said in the retrospective is to be shared outside of the team then they may be more cautious with what they say
  • People not in the Scrum Team may not have the necessary context to understand what is being said in a retrospective

As a Scrum Master I recommend that only Scrum Team members attend a sprint retrospective and that nothing is shared with a wider audience unless specifically requested by the team.

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