Evidence-Based Timelines for Agile Project Retrospectives – A Method Proposal

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Retrospective analysis of agile projects can support identification of issues through team reflection and may enable learning and process improvements. Basing retrospectives primarily on experiences poses a risk of memory bias as people may remember events differently, which can lead to incorrect conclusions. This bias is enhanced in project retrospectives which cover a longer period compared to iteration retrospectives. To support teams in recalling accurate and joint views of projects, we propose using an evidence-based timeline with historical data as input to project retrospectives. The proposed method was developed together with a large software development company in the telecommunications domain. This paper outlines a method for visualizing an evidence-based project timeline by illustrating aspects such as business priority, iterations and test activities. Our method complements an experience-based approach by providing objective data as a starting point for reflection and aims to support objective analysis of issues and root causes.


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  • Computer Science


  • agile, software process, retrospective, software visualization
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming/Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
EditorsClaes Wohlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-30349-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Event13th International Conference, XP 2012 - Malmö, Sweden
Duration: 2012 May 212012 May 25

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Conference13th International Conference, XP 2012

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