Antipatterns for Retrospectives


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Antipatterns for Retrospectives

Foreword by Diana Larsen

About the Book

This book will describe, in the style of anti-patterns, what often goes wrong in retrospectives and what you can do to help it. Based on 15+ years of facilitating retrospectives (and other meetings) this author wails about her bad experiences to anyone who will lend an ear.

About the Author

Aino Vonge Corry
Aino Vonge Corry

After a period of 10 years, where Aino did not know whether to be a researcher/teacher in academia or a teacher/facilitator in industry, she decided to start her own company, Metadeveloper, which develops developers, thus the name. Originally interested in teaching maths, strange ways of the world moved her towards communication and facilitation which she does to such an extent that she has made all the mistakes possible in that field. And she would like to share these stories as a warning to other people wanting to facilitate meetings.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • This book is for you
  • Introduction
  • The Story Begins…
  • The Structural Antipatterns
  • The Wheel of Fortune
  • Prime Directive Ignorance
  • In the Soup
  • Go Overtime
  • Spend Time on Smalltalk
  • Suffocating Slowly
  • Unfruitful Democracy
  • Nothing to Talk About
  • Team, Really?
  • Do-It-Yourself
  • Death by Postponement
  • Let’s get it over with!
  • The People Antipatterns
  • The Disillusioned Facilitator
  • The Loudmouth
  • The Silent One
  • The Negative One
  • The Negative Team
  • The Curious Manager
  • Lack of Trust
  • The Distributed Antipatterns
  • Disregard of Preparation
  • Peek-a-Boo
  • Cultures in Retrospectives
  • Dead Silent
  • The Political Vote
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • About The Author
  • Notes

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