A retrospective model for Modern Agile

Miro board showing my homemade model for Modern Agile

Earlier this year I was introduced to Modern Agile which defines four guiding principles for modern agile methods:

  • Make people awesome
  • Make safety a prerequisite
  • Experiment and learn rapidly
  • Deliver value continuously

Many companies are using these principles to discover better ways of delivering results.

Shortly after learning about Modern Agile, I wondered how I might use this in retrospectives to understand what my team was doing well and where we had room for improvement.

So, I began to experiment on a Miro board and came up with the arrangement above. Very simply, I took the Modern Agile wheel …

… and used the four categories to gather information about what folks think is already working well and where we could improve.

After the first retrospective, I received immediate feedback that this was a useful model. One developer said that he appreciated the clarity that the four guiding principles offered. It was practical and forward-looking.

This is definitely a model that I will use again.

Have you run a retrospective around the four Modern Agile principles? What did you do? What did you learn?


Feel free to use the following image (1251 × 1248 pixels) as a background in your favourite retrospective tool.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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