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Lecture 23, Thu 05/19

Thu Lecture: PeerEval2, Retro2, Team03 grading

Today’s class

PeerEval2 on CATME

If your team is finished with team03

If your team is NOT finished with team03


Reminder of things to include in your standup update

  • What have you gotten done since last Thursday’s class?
  • What you are working on now
  • Are there any blockers with what you are working on now?


  • When do you think you might be finished?

Retro Instructions

Retrospective: the heart of Agile

The core principle of Agile is “inspect and adapt”.

  • It was “inspecting and adapting” that led the original authors of the Agile Manifesto to their ideas.
  • It has been by “inspecting and adapting” that the Agile philosophy continues to grow and develop.

Inspect and Adapt is, in many ways, linked to the Scientific Method;

  • we observe
  • we form a hypothesis
  • we do an experiment

All in the service of doing a better job of software development.

In a retro, the team stops, pauses, reflects, and most importantly comes up with an actionable change for their practice.

Today’s Retro

  • Start by having everyone take 5 minutes to read through this article:
    • Really read it! It has the instructions for the most important activity in today’s class
  • Next, choose a leader for your retro. It should be someone that has read the instructions and is comfortable leading the group.
  • Then, locate the Google Drive folder for your team. It should be linked in your Slack channel with a gdrive link this:


Earlier, you should have created a folder called Retros and in that folder, create a document Retro1.

Now create a new document in that folder called Retro2

Then follow the instructions in the article for Stop/Start/Continue retro, with one difference:

  • As part of your discussion, revisit the experiment from your previous retro
  • Discuss: was it a success?
    • Did we follow through on the change we said we would make?
    • Did we get the results we were expecting?
    • What, if anything, did we learn from this experiment?

In the document, write down who your retro leader is.

At the end of the process, you should have in your document:

  • Name of person leading the retro at the top, and a list of who participated
  • A document with three parts, “stop/start/continue”, and items from each member under the three categories
  • Dot voting (three votes per team member participating) on the items in the document.
  • A summary of the discussion about the previous experiment:
    • Did we follow through on the change we said we would make?
    • Did we get the results we were expecting?
    • What, if anything, did we learn from this experiment?
  • A summary at the bottom on a new “experiment” in the form “If we change X we hope to see Y result”
    • This should be related to one of the top three items by votes that your group agreed on.
  • A brief explanation of how you will know whether your experiment was or was not a success.

After the retro is done, you can:

  • Ask a staff member to look over your GDrive document; they’ll check it to make sure it has the required elements:
    • items from each member under start/stop/continue
    • dot voting
    • discusion of previous experiment
    • a new experiment, including the criteria by which you can know whether the experiment was a success

About Team03b (description, and videos)

In team03b, we’ll see the rest of the steps for crud operations in React: the missing steps being adding Create and Update.

Note that team03b may take various forms; I’m still working out with the staff when we’ll be ready to start the legacy code projects.

  • At one end of the spectrum, it might not be an assignment at all, but instead, just a set of reference videos you can look at if you need the skills mentioned in them.
  • At the other end, it might be a full blown assignment, with every team member implementing the missing operations (Create, Edit) for their database record, on top of team03.
  • It might be somewhere in between.

I’ll let you know by Tuesday’s lecture. In the meantime, here are the videos.