👀 Look back to move forward - product retrospectives

Retrospectives help you look back to move forward

One of the most helpful agile practices is periodic retrospectives. You’ll see them described as sprint retrospectives, agile retrospectives, or just plain retrospectives. Whatever you call them, periodically looking back and thinking about the best way to move forward is a great way for a product team to stay on course. Here are some resources about how to conduct retrospectives, and an example of how to include your customers in your look back.

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What is a sprint retrospective? Templates and best practices. If you’re part of a cross-functional digital product team, you may have heard of or already taken part in a sprint retrospective. Monica Viggers gets you up to speed on what a sprint retrospective is and why it’s important. She also looks at some best practices to ensure that yours runs smoothly.(via @LogRocket)

How to run an effective retrospective. Your team’s retrospective doesn't need fancy formats or activities. It needs to help your team improve. Gregory Witek explains the point of retrospectives, how to make most of them, and he presents the agenda he follows during retros he runs. (via @gregorywitek)

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Crypt-oh no, part 2

Last week, I wrote a bit about the absolute meltdown that happened at the crypto exchange, FTX. It’s probably going to soon be the subject of a Netflix limited series (and is sure to be in its Top 10 for a while once it comes out). But if you haven’t been paying attention, you can check out my first write-up from last week. So much more has happened since then, though:

First, over the weekend, FTX “was hacked” and all of the remaining funds that were locked up in the exchange were “stolen.” There were many people who thought it was an inside job. But today, it actually became clear that it wasn’t a hacker… or FTX insiders. It was actually the Bahamian government. They ordered FTX’s executives to transfer the funds over to them for “safekeeping.” Whether or not the funds will actually be kept safely and returned to its rightful owners remains to be seen. 

Also, major celebrities like Tom Brady, Steph Curry, Larry David, and others got swept into the chaos by being named in a class action lawsuit against FTX. From CoinTelegraph, “The lawsuit alleged that FTX attempted to destroy incriminating emails, texts and evidence of its criminal activities. However, the recovered evidence suggests that “FTX’s fraudulent scheme was designed to take advantage of unsophisticated investors from across the country, who utilize mobile apps to make their investments.” 

What happens next? Who knows. But grab your popcorn, because the story isn’t done yet. It seems like there will be more and more revealed in the weeks to come.

 

Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe, or Cispe filed a complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft. The complaint alleges that Microsoft uses its dominance in productivity software to direct customers in Europe to its Azure cloud service and makes it difficult for them to switch to other cloud service providers. This is a sign that companies and governments are paying close attention to cloud service providers and the role competition has in keeping costs manageable.

Microsoft-owned GitHub is experimenting with a new voice-based interaction system for its Copilot software. “Hey, GitHub!” will allow programmers to code with just their voice and no keyboard, just like how you’d speak to Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. The new feature could be helpful for various accessibility scenarios, and it could also make your product team space noisier than it is today.

As the layoffs at tech companies continue, tech workers face a new reality. The power, perks and demand that many workers at big tech companies enjoyed over the past decade are giving way to angst over layoffs and shrinking net worths. The change in employment conditions at tech companies may drive product people to look at other industries such as logistics, financial services, and large retailers.

Artificial-intelligence software programs that generate articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos are becoming sophisticated enough that it’s tough to distinguish their output from what people create. And a growing number of companies are seeking to make use of this technology to automate the creation of information we might rely on. For the record, this piece is not one of them…. Or is it?

The ultimate guide to agile retrospectives. Do your retrospectives fail to lead to actual change, or perhaps you don’t even know where to begin? You’re not alone. Retrospectives are really hard to get right. David Horowitz found this out from his own experience so he created the Ultimate Guide to Agile Retrospectives to pull together everything he knew about retrospectives and help others learn it quickly. (via @RetriumHQ)

32 Kickass retrospective ideas for agile teams. A retrospective should include reflecting work from a different angle. Ever had a retrospective with low energy and zero feedback? Right - you don’t want that. So you need a different angle. Christian Heidemeyer shares several retrospective format ideas that you can use in different situations. The formats will trigger your team's creativity to reflect and deliver something to improve on, something that is worth a great action item. (via @EchometerDE)

Quidd product retrospective. Product retrospectives are most often thought of as a discussion amongst your product team exploring ways to improve your product and your approach to building your product. The folks at Quidd took a different approach and started producing content to explain to their stakeholders what they built and why with an eye toward shining a light on the evolution of their platform and whether they’ve kept their development promises. (via @quidd)

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