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Retrospectives can be immensely valuable. At face value they help you solve problems in the way your team works and shortcomings in the infrastructure in which you do that work. They give each member of your team a chance to reflect on how they can improve their own work. They also give everyone a chance to voice their frustrations in a forum where they feel like they’ll be heard and acted upon.

But if you’re doing them every week, every month, or even every quarter, they can get a little repetitive. You find yourself following the same thought processes every time and coming up with the same insights. People get bored. People come up with the same issues, same actions, and never really make progress. …

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Estimating how long a project will take is pretty difficult, but my teammates have done a pretty good job of it and we’re always improving. In the past year we delivered about 5 projects, each in the time we said we would, and with good velocity (we didn’t rely on “work expands to fill the time available”). We had a hiccup or two of course — as I was leaving the team the project we were working on was behind schedule (sorry for the hospital pass, team!) — but generally for any project the work took as much time as we expected it to, once we had properly looked at it. …


Adam Ahmed

Father of two lovely boys. ex-Atlassian. Founder of

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