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Succeeding with Retrospectives

YOW! Workshops - 06 Oct

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This online workshop will take place over three days, leaving time in between to work on exercises. Please plan to attend all three sessions:

  • Tuesday 6 October 4pm - 6pm AEDT 
  • Thursday 8 October 4pm - 6pm AEDT
  • Wednesday 21 October 4pm - 6pm AEDT

Have you facilitated retrospectives, and found it difficult to engage people, to motivate people, to make people participate, to make people listen to you and to each other? Join Aino in this workshop on retrospective facilitation. She will base the workshop on your challenges and give you activities, tips and pointers on how to get a skill-set that makes  retrospectives useful, and fun. We will touch on subjects such as body language, psychology, team building, decision making, structuring meetings in general, and distributed retrospectives, based on Aino's experience and research.

The workshop style will be attendee-driven, anecdote-filled and (hopefully) fun!

Aino Corry




Aino Corry is a teacher, a technical conference editor and retrospectives facilitator. She holds a masters degree and a ph.d. in computer science. She has 12 years of experience with Patterns in Software Development, and teaches retrospectives, OO design, software architecture and development in academia and industry. She also teaches how to teach Computer Science to teachers, and thus lives up to the name of her company; Metadeveloper. In her spare time, she runs and sings (but not at the same time).

Workshop Details

Target Audience
Facilitators of retrospectives, workshops, and meetings in general. It can also be relevant for teachers training from the back of the room.
360 minutes

Workshop Outline

The outline of the course is:

1. module:  (2 hours) Tuesday 6 October

Aino gives an overview of the content and we create a plan for what to focus on based on your expectations. Initially the plan is to focus on body language, psychology, team building, decision making, structuring meetings in general, and common challenges in retrospectives.

2. module: (2 hours) Thursday 8 October

Aino shares anecdotes about online retrospectives, and based on these anecdotes she focuses on different patterns and antipatterns (lack of body language, brainstorm online, decision making online, how to follow up when you are not colocated afterwards, how to make sure everyone is heard, etc ). We will look at different technologies to support different retrospectives. 

3. module: (2 hours) Wednesday 21 October

Attendees who have prepared an activity will facilitate this activity using everyone else present as attendees. They will get feedback from Aino and the rest of the group on choice of activity, explanation of activity, facilitation skills, and interaction.