Hackathon for multi team retrospective

Retrospective is one of the core concepts of agile methodologies and often one of the most neglected one not from the ritual perspective but from the effectiveness perspective and especially for distributed teams.

Retrospectives in agile is intended to help the team to reflect on the previous sprint and bring improvement to the upcoming sprint based on the wisdom generated from experiences.

Collaborative brainstorming or we can call it Hackathon could be one of the ways to generate improvement ideas/solutions for problem faced by large agile teams either collocated or distributed. It would utilize the knowledge and ideas of members across team and across locations.

This can bring innovative solutions to the table as team members from different locations, would bring diverse perspective to the issues based on their experiences and background

This would demand collaborative tools and good infrastructure for the teams to come together on a virtual platform.

Topics that need to be discussed could be released couple of days before with sufficient background about the problem for the teams to start thinking about ideas and it will give sufficient background to non-collocated teams about the problem topics. Hackathon could be limited from dedicated few hours to couple of days depending upon the team size. This process could be repeated in a frequent basis.

This is also help to increase the binding between teams and help to build the trust for members located in distributed locations.

It’s vital to create the culture of innovation so more members participate in such events, where the company is receptive to ideas from the team and implements them.


About aslamhirani

I am working from last 19+ years in areas of Product development, agile coaching, software R&D process consulting. I have been working in agile development model from last 10 years and coaching agile teams from last 6 years in areas of agile assessment, agile adoption, agile transformation, agile scaling, distributed agile development and agile competency development. I work with software R&D organizations to help them improve their effectiveness and efficiency with reuse, process improvement in development and testing, competency development, innovation in R&D, collaboration improvement across teams, automating devops and so on
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4 Responses to Hackathon for multi team retrospective

  1. Savitha Venukrishnan says:

    interesting read. it would be interesting to have some customization in tools to support retrospectives. Eg, report the top issues/ problems faced from the inputs provided by team through some survey.

  2. Suneesh Nazar says:

    interesting… Retrospectives are generally (not mandatory) focused on process, but what about hackathon? Can we include any topic or it should be limited to any particular category when it is implemented with agile?

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