Retrospectives, formerly known by the darker term “post-mortems,” have become popular in the Agile software development community and are healthy activity for any individual or group effort. The basic process is simple: take time to answer a few questions about your experiences in a given activity, and synthesize the results into concrete actions that can be applied the next time you are starting a similar kind of effort.
- What worked well for us?
- What did not work well for us?
- What actions can we take to improve our process going forward?
- Review the activities we have done in CSCI 373 throughout the semester. See the course Website and Handbook to form the complete list.
- Using Google Docs and in small group
- Develop the list of activities we have done this semester, include written and speaking assignments, reading/listening/viewing reflections and in-class activities and assignments.
- Collect individual responses to each of the above three questions for each activity in your group document.
- Discuss individual responses as a group and synthesize your responses for the third question for each activity.