Join Doug Rose for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the starfish diagram, part of Agile at Work: Getting Better with Agile Retrospectives.
- View Offline
- A starfish is one type of chart you can use…for your retrospective.…The diagram shows the team how they can improve.…The starfish has five equal sections.…Each of these sections is a category.…The categories are Keep doing, Less of, More of,…Stop doing, and Start doing.…The dividing lines look like a starfish.…To use the starfish, each person identifies…an item they'd like to discuss.…One team member might like the way the team…holds their standups.…In the retrospective, they would create a note…called "Having Efficient Daily Standups".…
They'd put that activity in the Keep doing section…of the starfish.…The benefit of a starfish, is it allows everyone on the team…to identify many day to day events.…Then the team categorizes the events,…based on what may or may not be working well.…It can be very helpful to have a diagram…that shows this all in one place.…That way the team can decide what they need to improve.…Some teams keep the starfish prominently displayed…in the shared work space.…Others only use the diagram during a retrospective.…
Watch and learn agile project management techniques to assess your project today, and get back on track for tomorrow. Find more courses on agile project management in the Agile at Work series on Doug's author page.
- Five phases of retrospectives
- Choosing an ideal meeting space
- Identifying issues and improvements
- Working with a distributed team
- Encouraging discussions
- Setting goals using SMART criteria
- Asking good questions
- Making team decisions
- Closing out an agile retrospective