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Evidence-Based Timelines for Agile Project Retrospectives – A Method Proposal

Bjarnason, Elizabeth LU and Regnell, Björn LU (2012) 13th International Conference, XP 2012 In Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming/Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing 111(5). p.177-184
Abstract
Retrospective analysis of agile projects can support identification of issues through team reflection and may enable learning and process improvements. Basing retrospectives primarily on experiences poses a risk of memory bias as people may remember events differently, which can lead to incorrect conclusions. This bias is enhanced in project retrospectives which cover a longer period compared to iteration retrospectives. To support teams in recalling accurate and joint views of projects, we propose using an evidence-based timeline with historical data as input to project retrospectives. The proposed method was developed together with a large software development company in the telecommunications domain. This paper outlines a method for... (More)
Retrospective analysis of agile projects can support identification of issues through team reflection and may enable learning and process improvements. Basing retrospectives primarily on experiences poses a risk of memory bias as people may remember events differently, which can lead to incorrect conclusions. This bias is enhanced in project retrospectives which cover a longer period compared to iteration retrospectives. To support teams in recalling accurate and joint views of projects, we propose using an evidence-based timeline with historical data as input to project retrospectives. The proposed method was developed together with a large software development company in the telecommunications domain. This paper outlines a method for visualizing an evidence-based project timeline by illustrating aspects such as business priority, iterations and test activities. Our method complements an experience-based approach by providing objective data as a starting point for reflection and aims to support objective analysis of issues and root causes. (Less)
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agile, software process, retrospective, software visualization
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Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming/Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
editor
Wohlin, Claes
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111
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5
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177 - 184
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Springer
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13th International Conference, XP 2012
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978-3-642-30349-4
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10.1007/978-3-642-30350-0_13
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EASE
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English
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  author       = {Bjarnason, Elizabeth and Regnell, Björn},
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  title        = {Evidence-Based Timelines for Agile Project Retrospectives – A Method Proposal},
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  volume       = {111},
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