Advanced Retrospective Techniques with Diana Larsen

Advanced Retrospective Techniques with Diana Larsen


Agile Retrospectives improve any project or process — building on a team’s immediate past experience of success and failure. Smart teams and organizations hold Retrospective meetings iteratively, throughout the work cycle and at important release milestones. With effective meeting design and facilitation, Retrospective leaders help team members systematically evaluate their own performance, explore their lessons learned, expand their capacity and capability, and forge ways to continuously improve their work and deliverables. Teams can’t truly call themselves Agile if they don’t include Retrospectives among their regular work practices.

As Agile Retrospectives become routine, they can also become stale and boring, delivering less value to the team. How can you prevent this? Keep your Agile Retrospective practice fresh through a renewed emphasis on team learning, collective analysis, and collaborative decision making. View Retrospective facilitation and design through the lens of Five Rules for Team Learning: Keep it Alive! Hunt Fluency, Start Obvious, Stay Focused, Adapt the Setting. Bring new activities and group processes to the meeting that will stimulate better thinking and improvements. In this workshop, Diana Larsen will introduce advanced uses of the Flexible Framework for Retrospectives and show how to incorporate the Five Rules for Team Learning in your Retrospective designs. Participants will share new team activities to enlarge your repertoire and gain practice in designing and facilitating effective Agile Retrospectives.

The Day:

Introductions – including practice with new activities to “Set the Stage”
Agile Retrospective Purpose & Group Learning, Thinking, and Collaborating on Improvement Actions
Applying Five Rules for Learning in Retrospectives
Explore and practice new activities to “”Gather Data”, Generate Insights”, “Decide What to Do”, and “Close the Retrospective”
Retrospectives as Adaptive Action for “Responding to Change”
Designing Agile Retrospectives for Continuous Learning and Improvement
Next Steps


Experience with facilitating or participating in Agile Retrospectives for work in teams

Familiarity with the book, “Agile Retrospectives” by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen available at

Familiarity with the book, “QuickStart Guide to Five Rules of Accelerated Learning” by Diana Larsen and Willem Larsen available at

Our Facilitator, Diana Larson:

Diana is a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting. She is considered an international authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Deeply in tune with how work teams grow, adapt, and develop, she co-authored “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great”; “Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects”; “Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning”; and most recently the Path Through Agile Fluency model, described in the article, “Your Path Through Agile Fluency: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” at

An active contributor to her professional community, Diana is a former chair and board member for Agile Alliance, and current board member of Organization Design Forum, Agile Open Northwest, and Language Hunters. She is also an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. Follow her on Twitter (@DianaOfPortland) and (@FutureWks).
Have questions about Advanced Retrospective Techniques with Diana Larsen? Contact Woody Zuill


Want To Go To Live! 360 DEV /Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas For FREE?

Are you free on March 10-14, 2014 and want to go to Live! 360 DEV/ Visual Studio Live! for FREE? Our group has partnered with the conference and will be giving away one pass that’s worth almost $3K! How do you win? Follow the instructions below:

  1. Sign-up for our 20th Anniversary Meeting before coming to the February meeting.
  2. Bring your ticket for the anniversary meeting to the February meeting. No ticket, no contest entry!
  3. At the end of the meeting we will pull one winning ticket! (must be present to win)

It’s that easy. Good luck.

Join .NET Rocks! & Xamarin for building Modern Apps Leveraging the Cloud with Visual Studio 2013 – San Diego

Kris Lankford
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)
San Diego, CA

Get ready to be immersed in the power of Visual Studio 2013, Xamarin and Windows Azure. We are going to show you all the cool new tools, how to build cross-platform mobile apps and leverage the power of the cloud to scale your next hit application. The .NET Rocks! Team of Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell are on the road bringing you presentations focused on building modern applications.

At each stop, they will record a live .NET Rocks! show with a guest star that will be flown in for the occasion.

Learn about Visual Studio 2013
See cross-platform mobile development with Xamarin
Get GEEKY with Richard & Carl


The Qualcomm UPLINQ 2013 CodeFest

You’re invited to the
The Qualcomm UPLINQ 2013
OVER $30,000 in prizes.
The Uplinq Codefest hackathon will be held Tuesday September 3rd in San Diego Ca. .
If you take part in the codefest you will also get a ticket to the Upling Conference Sept 3-5 ( a $375.00 value )

You MUST attend the Codefest/Hackathon to get an Uplinq ticket. If you are interested you must email Liana Pool to request a token to attend, but hurry because these passes wont last.
SEP. 3, 2013
From 8am to 7:30pm
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
One Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Visual Studio Live!

Hey Developers — get your backstage pass to the Microsoft Platform at the Visual Studio Live event!

Visual Studio Live!
August 19, 2013 thru August 23rd, 2013

Celebrating 20 years of education and training for the developer community, Visual Studio Live! is coming back to Microsoft headquarters!

This is the event in Redmond Washington where developers, software architects and designers will connect for five days of unbiased and cutting-edge education on the Microsoft platform. With 60+ sessions led by industry experts and Microsoft insiders, you will walk away from this event having expanded your .NET skills and the ability to build better applications.

Visual Studio Live! Redmond WA
08/19/2013 -08/23/2013
Microsoft Conference Center (MSCC) Redmond, WA

I was able to obtain an exclusive discount code which provides my readers a $500 savings on any of the 5 day conference pacakages. Use code: UGRD9

For more details see:

SoCalCode Camp San Diego SoCalCodeCamp 2013 July 27/28

Are you feeling a little behind on some new technologies? or do you just need a good summer geek out with a few hundred of your friends? Then you need to come to the SoCal Code Camp in San Diego to get your summer off to a great start!

Come See some great presenters talk on topics that you want to hear about! We already have more than 60 sessions of FREE Content and growing.

If you haven’t already registered at for the upcoming SoCal Code Camp to be held in San Diego- why not take a minute to do it now!?!?

Remember, CODE CAMP IS FREE!!!

July 27th & 28th
University of California San Diego (UCSD)
SoCal Code Camp
Code Camp is a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring content to the community. Come and join us for this FREE event on Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28, 2013 at UCSD Extension on the La Jolla campus. We have capacity for over 100 sessions delivered by your peers, and we’ll keep things lively at the geek dinner!

SoCal Code Camp begins Saturday, July 27th at 8am, and wraps up on Sunday July 28th at 4pm. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community. Since content is determined by the developer community it’s all about the code and very few power points!

Here’s some information about the event agenda so far:

Who will be speaking at Code Camp?
YOU are, YOUR PEERS are, and YOUR LOCAL EXPERTS are all are welcome! This is a community event and one of the main purposes of the event is to have local community members step up and offer some cool presentations! Don’t worry if you have never given a presentation before, we’ll give you some tips if you need help, and this a great opportunity to spread your wings. Of course, we do have some ringers on our speaker list as well.

Code Camp Web Site
From the Code Camp Web Site you can register, sign up as a speaker, get location details and directions, keep up to date with agenda, keep an eye on for more!

We hope to see you at SoCal Code Camp!
Code Camp Contributors We’d like to thank our generous contributors for making this event possible. So far our Code Camp contributors so this event include UCSD Extension (, PDSA Inc. (, Please also check out our long time product sponsors at (



Part one of the series, Windows 8 App Factor Learn is a fun day of “training and auditions” where you will learn what you need to know to take your skills and ideas into a new economy.

Form a team where you can use your skills and compete to win.
Learn how to build an app from idea to store submission.
Start from scratch or use a beautiful sample to get started.
Free consulting from the local evangelist team (in person or online).


Part two of the series, Windows 8 App Factor Compete will provide you with an opportunity to show off your app (in-person) and hard work to the world and potentially win. Prizes will be awarded for best app (determined by judges), and peoples’ choice (determined by live audience).

Irvine June 7th 2013 Register for Irvine Event June 7th10am – 6pm

Get more information here

June 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our Jun 4th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Getting Started With TypeScript (David Kennedy) TypeScript is the new language from Microsoft for JavaScript development. Some people are under the impression that it’s a replacement for JavaScript, but that’s not entirely true; TypeScript helps .NET developers write JavaScript more effectively. This talk will cover what TypeScript is and is not, when and why you might consider it, and how to get started.
  • Metrics for the Success of an Agile Team (Chris Lucian & Llewellyn Falco) -This talk covers metrics for managers and developers alike to gauge the success of an agile team. Following these metrics a teams performance gain or loss can be communicated to all levels of an organizational structure.
    Chris Lucian is one of the founders of Creator of many games/apps for Android and iPhone. Programs mainly in C#, Java, Html5, and Objective C. Find his blog at
    Llewellyn Falco is an Instructor for DevelopMentor. He is a international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests( He spends most of his time programing in Java and C#. He also volunteers creating courseware and teaching kids to program ( ). Find his blog at
  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)

LADOTNET Master Series: PhoneGap in a day with Troy Miles

Date: June 1st, 2013
Location: Outlook Amusements, Burbank CA

Please note that you must register and pay for this event at:

Seating is limited to 50 attendees.

The Master’s Series is a hands-on lab, lecture and training.

The event is a 8 hour training with breakfast and lunch served. Attendees are required to bring their own laptop and participate.

Troy Miles is a designer and developer of software since 1979, he began his career writing games in assembly and C. Since then he has written code in C++, C#, Objective-C, Java, JavaScript and even a smidgen of Python. Along the way, some of his titles have won awards, he became a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, and in 2012, he won a developer challenge at a local Microsoft Windows Phone Unleashed event.

His passion since 2007 has been mobile and mobile web development. In 2011, he joined the mobile development team at Kelley Blue Book. His small team is responsible for the application for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 and the mobile versions of Troy also spends time talking to developer groups and maintaining his blog, The Rock n Coder. Also, check out some of his talks at



Take your PhoneGap skills to the next level.

This is an all day course focused on building good PhoneGap applications. This is not a class for newbies or those wanting to learn programming. It is intended for those who have some programming experience and some knowledge of JavaScript or other curly brace language. This class is hands-on and focused on development. You will write code, not watch slides.

You will leave this course with a confident knowledge of PhoneGap. You will learn JavaScript best practices, how to integrate popular libraries into your apps, using GPS and Google Maps, using HTML templates, and more. All of the sample code used in the class is yours to keep and use.


JavaScript Best Practices






jQuery Mobile




Getting data from the server

Sending data to the server

Generating lists of data

Pull to refresh

Location & Maps


Google Maps

Creating Places of Interest and Info Windows

Get directions to/from places of interest

Reverse GeoCoding


Take a picture

Annotate a picture

Upload a picture to a server

Download picture(s) from a server


HTML Templates

Responsive design

Scrollable Containers (iScroll)



***Please note that parking will not be validated by Outlook Amusements. Other parking options are street parking/public parking structures*******


Have app ideas? Have software development skills? If so, that’s all you need to learn, compete and win! 7 Cities, 100’s of developers and 1000’s of great ideas. The opportunity is NOW! Don’t miss another chance to get in on the next great marketplace! Get your competitive juices flowing and participate in a FREE Windows 8 App Factor event.

Register Here :

San Diego May 31st Register for San Diego 10am 6pm

Irvine June 7th 2013 Register for Irvine 10am – 6pm

Get more information here


Part one of the series, Windows 8 App Factor Learn is a fun day of “training and auditions” where you will learn what you need to know to take your skills and ideas into a new economy.

Form a team where you can use your skills and compete to win.
Learn how to build an app from idea to store submission.
Start from scratch or use a beautiful sample to get started.
Free consulting from the local evangelist team (in person or online).


Part two of the series, Windows 8 App Factor Compete will provide you with an opportunity to show off your app (in-person) and hard work to the world and potentially win. Prizes will be awarded for best app (determined by judges), and peoples’ choice (determined by live audience).

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