Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives – a Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises

Book Review / Change and Organization

Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives – a Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises
Ben Linders , Management Consultant, Netherlands

With plenty of exercises for your retrospective toolbox, this book will help you to become more proficient in doing agile retrospectives, and to get more value out of them.

Together with Luis Gonçalves I have written the book “Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises”.

An agile retrospective, or sprint retrospective as Scrum calls it, is a practice used by self-organizing teams to reflect on their way of working, and to continuously become better in what they do.

This book contains many exercises that you can use to facilitate retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they can bring you, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

The book is published on:

About the Book

Luis Gonçalves and I are both active bloggers at and On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.

Many readers have told us that they value our blog posts. We started thinking about how we could make things easier for them, by providing a small book on a specific topic – a book that they can carry with them that has hands-on information that they can use in their daily work to get business value out of agile retrospectives. These thoughts led us to produce this book about agile retrospectives.

We are aiming this book at agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who have at least some experience with doing retrospectives. They know about the purpose of retrospective, how they fit into agile and how to arrange and perform them.

During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that it helps when you develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises.

Please feel free to share the book with your colleagues and friend. If you like to promote our book in the social media, please use the hashtag #RetroValue.

Ben Linders & Luis Gonçalves
December 2013

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