Retrospectives Antipatterns

Retrospectives Antipatterns

Book Description
Retrospectives are indispensable for continuous learning and improvement in Lean, Agile, DevOps, and other contexts, but most of us have suffered through at least one retrospective that was a waste of time, or worse. Now, leading agile coach Aino Vonge Corry identifies 24 reasons that retrospectives fail and shows how to overcome each of them.
Using the familiar “patterns” approach, Retrospectives Antipatterns introduces antipatterns related to structure, planning, people, distributed teams, and more. Corry shares traps she’s encountered and mistakes she’s made over more than a decade of leading retrospectives and then presents proven solutions. With her insights and guidance, you can run enjoyable retrospectives that deliver concrete improvements and real value―or at the very least recognize when you are making the same mistake as the author!
  • Create a common language, actionable solutions, and proven plans for solving the retrospective problems you’ll encounter most often
  • Recognize symptoms, assess tradeoffs, and refactor your current situation into something better
  • Plan more effectively: decide who should attend and facilitate, when to schedule your retrospective, and how much time to set aside
  • Handle “people” problems: deal with negativity, silence, distrust, disillusionment, loudmouths, and cultural differences
  • Facilitate better “virtual” retrospectives, with tips for online retrospectives included in each antipattern


Part I - Structural Antipatterns
Chapter 1. Wheel of Fortune
Chapter 2. Prime Directive Ignorance
Chapter 3. In the Soup
Chapter 4. Overtime
Chapter 5. Small Talk
Chapter 6. Unfruitful Democracy
Chapter 7. Nothing to Talk About
Chapter 8. Political Vote

Part II - Planning Antipatterns
Chapter 9. Team, Really?
Chapter 10. Do It Yourself
Chapter 11. Death by Postponement
Chapter 12. Get It Over With
Chapter 13. Disregard for Preparation
Chapter 14. Suffocating
Chapter 15. Curious Manager
Chapter 16. Peek-A-Boo

Part III - People Antipatterns
Chapter 17. Disillusioned Facilitator
Chapter 18. Loudmouth
Chapter 19. Silent One
Chapter 20. Negative One
Chapter 21. Negative Team
Chapter 22. Lack of Trust
Chapter 23. Different Cultures
Chapter 24. Dead Silence

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