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Sprint Retrospective

“The Sprint Retrospective is an opportunity for the Scrum Team to inspect itself” (1)


Definition: The Sprint Retrospective is a formal opportunity for the Scrum Team to inspect itself and create a plan for improvements to be enacted during the next Sprint. (formal opportunity as improvements may happen at any time)

Length: 3 hours for a month long Sprint. For shorter Sprints the event is usually shorter.

Inputs: People, Processes, Practices, Definition of Done

Outcome: Improvements for work processes in the upcoming Sprint, updated Definition of Done

People: Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team


  1. INSPECT the people, relationships, process, and tools in the last Sprint
  2. IDENTIFY what went well and what could be improved
  3. PLAN for implementing improvements

Scrum Master Role

The Scrum Master…

  • ensures that the event takes place
  • ensures that attendants understand its purpose
  • ensures that the event is positive and productive
  • teaches all to keep the event within the time-box
  • participates as a peer team member from the accountability over the Scrum process
  • encourages the Scrum Team to improve, within the Scrum process framework



  1. The Scrum Guide

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