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

Bjarnason, Elizabeth LU and Regnell, Björn LU orcid (2012) 13th International Conference, XP 2012 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
volume
111
issue
5
pages
177 - 184
publisher
Springer
conference name
13th International Conference, XP 2012
conference location
Malmö, Sweden
conference dates
2012-05-21 - 2012-05-25
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  • scopus:84862069359
ISBN
978-3-642-30349-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-30350-0_13
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Embedded Applications Software Engineering
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English
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  author       = {{Bjarnason, Elizabeth and Regnell, Björn}},
  booktitle    = {{Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming/Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing}},
  editor       = {{Wohlin, Claes}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{5}},
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  publisher    = {{Springer}},
  title        = {{Evidence-Based Timelines for Agile Project Retrospectives – A Method Proposal}},
  url          = {{https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/files/5440733/4285921.pdf}},
  doi          = {{10.1007/978-3-642-30350-0_13}},
  volume       = {{111}},
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