The Art of Retrospection with Helen Meek

Course Details

The Art of Retrospection
Helen Meek

Holborn, London

24th Nov 2017 , 9.00am - 5.00pm

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Many organisations are adopting Agile approaches to improve their capability, however many teams forget or struggle to continuously improve. Being a ScrumMaster or Kanban Coach means that you need to know how to facilitate these session and get the best from your people.

This 1-day course provides a great foundation for anyone wanting to learn more about creating, running and using powerful coaching questions to achieve results.
We put theory into practice in each module through a number of exercises and simulations which are both enjoyable and instructive. Students will leave with tools they can use with their teams immediately.


• Understanding why we use retrospectives and the benefits they can give.
• How Icebreakers can benefit you.
• Learning about different types of retrospectives and when to use them.
• Building a retrospective from scratch.
• Facilitating a retrospective.
• Dealing with common personalities and reading body language.
• Using powerful questions & 5 why root cause analysis.
• Creating actions & getting them delivered.
• How improvement backlogs can keep the team focussed on continuous improvement.

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• What they are
• Why we do them
• The benefits you can expect

• What they are
• Why we use them
• Examples of Icebreakers and putting them into practice

Building a retrospective
• Different types of retrospectives - Release, project & sprint
• Sprint retrospectives with a broad context
• Sprint retrospectives to deep dive
• Using metaphors
• Preparing retrospectives
• Creating your own retrospective

Facilitating a retrospective
• The role of the facilitator
• Facilitating from the back of the room
• The power of observation

Common personalities and body language
• Common behaviours you will encounter
• How you recognise these
• How you can overcome common these

Powerful questions & 5 why root cause analysis
• Framing powerful questions
• Example powerful questions & how to use them
• Root cause analysis
• The prime directive
• Putting into practice in a coaching dojo

Creating actions & getting them delivered
• Generating actions
• Example actions
• Getting the team to take ownership

Improvement backlogs
• Creation of the improvement backlog
• Management of the improvement backlog

This course is suitable for anyone involved in Scrum or Kanban teams who want to learn more about driving continuous improvement into teams through retrospection.

This course has no set prerequisites but will be most useful for those with experience working within a Scrum or Kanban team. 

The workshop does not lead to any official qualification. Rather it is intended as a practical course, with the bulk of the day being taken up by exercises and simulations.