Retrospective 2017

Venue

  • Good
    • Air, Nature, Sun
    • Quiet, perfect
    • Room location
    • Spa & Fitness
  • To Improve
    • Room location (distance from events & food)
    • The golf house was too “shaky”, thin walls etc., not good, not good
    • Spa & Fitness opening hours
    • Golfball hailstorm

Food and Drink

  • Good
    • Not bad food
  • To Improve
    • “Coffee”!!!
    • Few veggies
    • Too much fried food
    • Soft drink supply could be improved

Organization

  • Good
    • Immaculate
    • Great!
    • Open space
  • To Improve
    • More communication for “family can come”
    • Went to sleep late

How would the best ACC look like in 2020?

  • We have enough time for relax and activities
  • 5 days / 1 week long
  • Balanced days (so that I cannot tell which day had better sessions)
  • Participants from all over the world
  • Spending more time in sauna
  • Spring is super
  • More craft beer
  • Non-stop bar
  • Good coffee
  • Knowing the topics before arriving (+1, -3)
  • Everybody is present for the retrospective (no leaving early)
  • Less parallel topics
  • Venue only for ACC
  • My room isn’t far, far away
  • No more than 40-50 people
  • Even more open minds eager to share ideas & experience
  • All sessions fit 1 timeslot
  • Still things to discover & learn (???)
  • Start at 10, not earlier (-1)
  • Night sessions
  • Nothing against Humanity
  • Happens here
  • Well documented outcome of sessions

How to Sabotage ACC?

  • Alcohol ban
  • Don’t open the bar at all
  • Disturb ongoing sessions by talking
  • Prescribed sessions form
  • Ban foreign participants
  • Monetize the event
  • Preparing for next session while there are people still talking
  • Sponsors with speeches
  • Not enough rooms for events/workshops
  • Dresscode
  • Not coming
  • Not having chance to step out of comfort zone (e.g. with lightning talks or ppt karaoke)
  • No breaks at all
  • Not meet interesting people
  • Breakfasts served only until 8:30
  • Invite recruiters and headhunters
  • No Wifi
  • Require active participation from everyone
  • Punishments when leaving sessions without excuse
  • No dogs allowed
  • More than 3h drive from PRG
  • Closing the workshop areas at 18:00 (office hours)
  • Outsourcing
  • Everyone is quiet the whole time
  • Disallow people from the green
  • More map mistakes
  • Move testing to India

Registration to open soon…

The second Agile Coach Camp is coming to Czech Republic and we now have a date and location set for this year’s camp.

The event will be held between 12th and 14th of May and
the location is Golf Konopiště in Central Bohemia (cca 50 km from Prague).

Cost is expected to be low: the entire weekend for each attendee’s food & lodging is estimated at less than 5000 Kc.

Registration will open on the 20th February, follow this website for more information.

Retrospective 2016

Below are all ideas and suggestions that were proposed. Think about them, we will, when organizing the Camp in 2017. 🙂

Preparation

Was Good / Keep

  • Email communication
  • Website
  • Slack
  • Position paper
  • Everything OK
  • Active people require little info (I knew just time & location, nothing else)
  • Kept us interested without requiring active participation

Improve

  • More communication channels
  • More heartbeat communication – mostly first messages came late
  • Complex registration of accommodation
  • Clarification of costs ( “General expenses (meeting rooms, material, etc.) are covered from sponsorship” – we collected costs for materials in the end, sponsorship was spent on food and accommodation
  • Participants could send photos and we could match them with the position papers -> papers could also be printed and taken to the camp
  • Organizers should initiate conversations on Slack channels
  • Start discussions before the event
  • I did not know to take swimsuit 😦
  • Promote communication channels more
  • Long waiting time for the website

Execution

Was Good / Keep

  • Open Space
  • Time slot arrangements
  • Topics + games + format + variation + socialising
  • Timing
  • Warm ups and exercises
  • Facilitation
  • Just enough facilitation (official talks)
  • Session length
  • Open Space format
  • Number of participants
  • Perfect execution – everybody knew how to contribute
  • Fun

Improve

  • Marketplace negotiations were not working well
  • Later start on Friday (20:00?)
  • Better summaries of sessions
  • Voting for sessions
    • before session
    • before evening news
  • Shorter coffee breaks
  • Short breaks between sessions
  • Saturday – one longer break for free time and relax
  • No attendee moved to Prague < 3 years ago
  • Use marketplace to guess the number of attendees (somehow)
  • Improve marketplace and indicate if it’s:
    • workshop
    • sharing
    • games
    • etc.
  • Improve marketplace:
    • I offer to share my experience
    • I’d like to learn from others
  • Evening news were too chaotic and not helping
  • 5 minutes breaks between sessions
  • Shorter sessions
  • Do more sessions
  • Arrange some activities for the evening
    • There were a lot: sauna, story cubes, throwing, other games, beer etc.
  • Separate planning session for morning and afternoon
  • More planned agile games

Learning and Contribution

  • Setup of life priorities
  • New games
  • Mental / psy cleanup
  • Tragedy of the commons
  • “Sticks” game
  • Learned that structural change will come
  • People were engaged in the conversations
  • Described the situation of my team
  • Insight to the state of CZ Agile community and market
  • Name game
  • New, wonderful people
  • Agile connection with self-development
  • Variation of topics and different experiences
  • Confirmation of our approach
  • Met people with practical experience – no academics
  • Broader point of view
  • Less control can bring better results
  • Better understanding of how deeply you need to change for adopting agile
  • Our situation looks better in comparison with some others 🙂
  • I can learn what I want
  • Format of (non-)conference attracts active people
  • GM testing
  • Developers point of view
  • Superb people
  • Non-IT people attending

Improve

  • Session titles unclear
  • Only few practical tools/games
  • Notes from sessions
  • Summary of sessions

Retrospective – in Numbers

Our first post for retrospective is about numbers and statistics – we take a look at your votes and ratings. Here are the results:

Let’s start with the event itself:

It seems that those, who gave a rating, were quite satisfied. 🙂
Overall
on a scale of 1 – 4, where 4 is awesome and 1 is poorthe event received an average rating of 3,21 from 19 votes – and all the votes were distributed between 4 and 3.
The organization of the event received the highest rating – the average is 3,6 from 20 votes.
The topics and content also seemed to meet the needs of the majority of the participants, the average of 20 votes is 3,4.

awesome OK OK-ish poor
event – overall 4 15 0 0
event – organization 12 8 0 0
event – topics & content 9 10 1 0

Now let’s take a look at the venue:
You were happy with the environment of the venue, but much less happy with the food and the accessibility of the hotel.
The average rating for the environment was 3,63 – we had 24 votes and all ratings were 4 and 3.
The accessibility got 2,48 in the end with most of the votes being 2 and 3 – from altogether 23 votes.
The food received the worst ratings, mostly due to the low quality and overpriced lunches.
The average of 24 votes is 2,38 where majority of the votes were 2.

awesome OK OK-ish poor
environment 15 9 0 0
accessibility 1 11 9 2
food 2 7 13 2

And finally, but most importantly 17 of you would recommend the event to a friend and 12 of you expressed that you would come back next year.

Thanks for taking the time to give this feedback to us. 🙂