Judith is a seasoned facilitator and mediator. She has written a very insightful book about retrospectives that contains a host of completely new activities. If you can read German, check out her book “Erfolgreiche Retrospektiven“.
What does that mean for Retr-O-Mat’s future?
Our plans so far:
- Multiple languages!
- Judith will translate all 70 activities into German (Kudos!)
- I will move the code github and enable internationalization
- Judith will add lots of fresh activities from her book. I’ve seen a couple of them and they’re awesome!
- “Intro” becomes a new 0th phase in retrospectives’ plans
We’ve independently reached the conclusion that explicitly looking at the results of the last retro is highly beneficial. Has the team implemented what they had agreed on? That’s what the “Intro” phase is for.
- There will be an advanced search
It will allow you to get a plan tailored to specific needs, such as “no trust within team”, “team overestimates itself”, “last deployment was a complete disaster and everyone’s defensive”, …
Exciting developments! To say I’m thrilled would be an understatement 🙂
Want to join us? We are looking for translators into other languages. You don’t have to commit to translate every single activity. Just a few also help! Contact me at email@example.com or on Twitter.
In closing, I’d like to thank all contributors so far:
- Everyone who submitted an activity
- Those who send photos to illustrate activities
- Chris for securing Retr-O-Mat.com
- Tobias for suffering through my fits of rage about CSS positioning and then giving me ideas for fixes
- Everyone who blogs about their retro activities so that I could incorporate them
- Diana Larsen and Esther Derby for writing “the book” in the first place
Thank you all for your support and inspiration!