In software development, agile practices involve discovering requirements and developing solutions through the collaborative effort of self-organizing and cross-functional teams and their end-users. It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continual improvement, and it encourages flexible responses to change.
One practice for retrospective review used in Agile is called Start, Stop, Continue. A variation on this exercise is SKS or “Start, Keep-Doing, Stop”, a simple retrospective exercise that can be used by an individual or a group to identify issues, improve processes, increase productivity, and create better outcomes. This technique was created by Phil Daniels, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University.
For your own continuous improvement, this exercise can be used for personal development or to improve how teams and processes work – not just for software development. Below you can download a worksheet to complete your own SKS. The first step (page 1) is the same for individuals and groups. The three parts can be done in any order and the exercise is recommended to be done quarterly at a minimum. On page 2 of the file, a suggested process for executing this exercise with a group is offered.