The Final Retrospective

“The Final Retrospective” was originally published on the Scrum Alliance website on March 7, 2017. https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2017/march/the-final-retrospective-(1)

Gutted.

Absolutely gutted.

That’s how I felt when my manager told me the contract had fallen through and we were out of a job in a week. It wasn’t personal or performance based — defense contracts don’t always make sense.

I still felt gutted, and I know our manager did, too. Despondent, he said, “Let’s cancel the standups next week — there’s no point.”

“I disagree,” I said. “Let’s hold the meetings anyway. It can’t hurt to give people some space to talk. We don’t need to do the planning meeting, but we should have the review and retrospectives.”

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