Agile Kaizen

Managing Continuous Improvement Far Beyond Retrospectives

  • Ángel Medinilla

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Agile Agile Kaizen

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  3. Retrospective Activities and Games

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  4. Back Matter
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About this book


Agile teams have been struggling with the concept of continuous improvement since the first Agile frameworks were developed, and still very little has been written about the practice of continuous improvement in Agile environments. Although team retrospectives have been prescribed and some practices have been introduced in order to implement and facilitate them, the truth is that most Agile teams are conducting dull retrospectives that end with a list of things that have been done wrong, just to repeat the same list two weeks later at the next meeting.

Instead of listing hundreds of Japanese-labeled tools, this book gives you practical insights into how to spot improvement opportunities, how to plan for improvement and how to engage everyone in your company in the Kaizen process. In addition, it will also provide you with 27 proven practices and 12 bonus activities to introduce into your retrospectives in order to keep them fresh, creative and exciting, so you can promise a team that, in a year’s time, no two retrospectives will be alike.

This book helps you as a manager, team leader, change agent or consultant in any type of organization to unleash the real power of Kaizen cultures – no matter what kind of organization, market, product, technology, vision, goal or size. It provides you with the background, tools and practical hints on how to engage your organization in a process of continuous quest for new and better ways of performing.


Kanban SCRUM agile software development lean management people management project management retrospectives software development team management

Authors and affiliations

  • Ángel Medinilla
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  1. 1.ProyectalisMairena del Aljarafe, SevilleSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54990-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54991-5
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