Retrospectives Antipatterns

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-08-22
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

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Retrospectives are indispensable for continuous learning and improvement in Lean, Agile, DevOps, and many other contexts. But too many organizations run retrospectives “in name only,” and fail to generate the value they promise. In this guide, leading retrospectives facilitator Aino Corry introduces 20+ common antipatterns that undermine the effectiveness of retrospectives, and shows exactly how to overcome each of them. 

Using the familiar “patterns” approach, Retrospectives Antipatterns introduces antipatterns related to team and meeting structure, inadequate or counterproductive planning, human interaction, and much more. From “blaming and naming” to too much smalltalk, negativity to cultural disconnects in distributed teams, Corry reveals traps she’s encountered in leading hundreds of retrospectives -- and presents proven solutions. With her insights and guidance, you can run retrospectives that deliver actionable improvements and concrete value — not just once, but over and over again.

Author Biography

Aino Corry, independent consultant, has facilitated retrospectives for over a decade, written about facilitation for almost as long, and spoken widely and taught courses worldwide on the subject. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on design patterns in object-oriented design and OO language constructs: “pattern-glasses” that have been invaluable in formulating experience for others to learn from. She has taught for over two decades, in both university and industry settings.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Structural Antipatterns
1. The Wheel of Fortune
2. Prime Directive Ignorance
3. In the Soup
4. Broken by Breaking News
5. Spend Time on Smalltalk
6. Suffocating Slowly
7. Unfruitful Democracy

Part II: The Planning Antipatterns
8. Team, Really?
9. Do It Yourself
10. Death by Postponement
11. Let’s Get It Over With

Part III: The People Antipatterns
12. The Disillusioned Facilitator
13. The Loudmouth
14. The Silent One
15. The Negative One
16. The Negative Team
17. The Curious Manager
18. Lack of Trust

Part IV: The Distributed Antipatterns
19. Disregard of Preparation
20. Cultures in Retrospectives
21. Dead Silent
22. The Political Vote

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