Squiggle Retrospective

Have you ever made something up during an interview? I have. It worked out. I blogged about it almost 5 years ago, and am reblogging it here. Oh, and I guess I invented my own Retrospective format. Kind of. You'll see. Enjoy!



In streamed a few strangers, trying to hide their smiles from each other and myself. They just came from the kitchenette, having colluded on how they would play out the next hour. Of course, I didn’t know this at the time – it was my interview.


If you are a software engineer, and you want a job coding, then it’s fair that your prospective employer asks you to code as part of the interview. So if you are a Scrum Master or Agile Coach, and you want a job … doing that stuff, then it’s fair that your prospective employer asks you to do Agile Coachy stuff as part of the interview.


And thus, we began role-playing a mock Retrospective, a best practice which follows from the 12th Principle of Agile Software:


At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

I first asked this pretend team to step through the last two pretend weeks, collecting just the pret