The Four Challenges of Distributed Retrospectives (And How to Overcome Them)
With David Horowitz, co-founder and CEO of Retrium


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According to a recent survey, 86% of respondents had “at least some distributed teams practicing Agile.” Simply put: distributed work is the new norm.

And according to the same study, retrospectives were the third most popular Agile technique, with 83% of respondents indicating they employed them.

Despite these two dominant trends, as an industry, many of the retrospective tips, techniques, and best practices that we promote assume colocation. As a result, well intentioned advice is predicated on a false assumption.

In this webinar, Retrium CEO and Co-Founder David Horowitz discussed the varying natures of distributed teams, the unique challenges they face, and some innovative ways of successfully retrospecting across time and distance.

Some of the specific questions that were answered included:

  • What are the three types of distributed environments and what unique challenges do we face when operating under each?
  • What can be done to ease the pain of time zone differences?
  • How can we best promote an environment of equal participation when team members are located around the world?
  • What are the best ways to facilitate a distributed retrospective?

Attendees gained an understanding of how to overcome some of the biggest challenges with distributed and remote retrospectives. They attained practical tips they can employ tomorrow to improve their odds of increasing retrospective engagement and participation.


David Horowitz

David_RetriumDavid Horowitz is co-founder and CEO of Retrium, Inc. Retrium is the world’s first and only enterprise-ready platform for Agile retrospectives. Prior to co-founding Retrium, David spent nearly a decade between The World Bank and International Finance Corporation as a software developer turned Agile coach. While there, he experienced firsthand the importance — and difficulty — of effective retrospectives at scale. In addition to Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Economics from The University of Maryland, as well as a Master’s degree in Technology Management from The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, David successfully founded and exited a movie search engine business in 2013. He is married to his college sweetheart and is the father of three little ones.