Research Methods

As far as methods are concerned, the research will be comprised of both quantitative and qualitative research methods with a background in form of a literature research. The author will use this mixed approach (quantitative and qualitative) because – while the research of how retrospectives are conducted in companies can be researched well with quantitative questions, research concerning opinions to best practices in retrospectives would benefit from open questions (i.e. What people experience as being best and worst practices in retrospectives? What works for people in regards to retrospectives?)

As far as “hard data” is concerned as to the success factors in retrospectives are concerned, the research will rely on finding out the participants’ opinion – since the author poses that the success of any process depends on the participants being motivated and convinced and as far as people and teams are concerned it is not possible to conduct experiments with exactly the same conditions.