What I like

  • Good interaction with audience
  • Good cooperation between speakers
  • Nice slides
  • Clear introduction
  • Practical learnings (e.g. idea of questions in hat + sometimes run retros without customers)
  • Mixture of theory & actual experience what happened
  • Anti-patterns
  • Nice slides
  • Interactive
  • Good build-up
  • Slides
  • Using timeline in the session
  • Speakers
  • Great examples
  • Good preparation
  • Real life example
  • You do the presentation as a balanced pair
  • You had nice examples & slides
  • You involved the audience
  • The retro idea is great, everyone experienced the session. Keep it up! You guys are cool!
  • Great talk, nice of Laurens to share his experience, namely what went wrong and what we can do to prevent it
  • Flavouring the retrospective
  • Valuable session!
  • Learned I'm not the only one running boring retrospectives
  • Learned some tips to keep the retros "alive and kicking"
  • Good summary
  • Some good interesting tips, also for advanced audience, though the presentation is mostly at an introductory level
  • Nice photos
  • Well focused and practiced.
  • Stories from real experience
  • Incorporating some retrospective activities was a good idea
  • Lots of good tips, good vibe, you're a fun team
  • Tempts me to more with retrospective (or to start doing them)
  • Interactive, forced participation, good presenters
  • Lots of energy
  • Practical tips and real life examples
  • Theory and practice all in one!
  • Well presented

To improve

  • Add the prime directive of retrospectives
  • May add more solutions from your own experience, to solve the anti patterns, instead of describing activities from the book
  • Cut down some slides to fit in the timeframe
  • Uncertainty about what "scramble" means - How to use the peg?
  • Give advice on what facilitator should do
  • Explain how to manage conflicts within the team (shy, stubborn,... people)
  • Keep the time in mind
  • Don't start earlier
  • Shorten the intro, one hour is not much
  • Add basics like Prime Directive, trust...
  • Gather ideas on different formats/techniques
  • Less talk, more interaction
  • Organise better to allotted time
  • Don't try to do this presentation in 60 minutes
  • If I won the ball
  • Read some examples from the cookbook
  • Don't do everything we suggested!
  • Your presentation is very good, be wary and try to incorporate only the thinghs that really mean something to you. Otherwise quality might become diluted
  • Less theory
  • More cookbook stuff: real life tips & tricks to apply in retros
  • Make it more interactive, sometimes too much a one-way presentation
  • Get rid of the mixed font sizes & colors on the sheets
  • Faster pace
  • More interaction
  • Too much talking and showing slides. It became a bit boring at times, despite the excellent content
  • The presenters used many food -related analogies, which made me very hungry
  • Skip the Japanese
  • Drop the Japanese :-)
  • Improve the first 15 minutes: it's too general
  • I came to the session because I wanted to improve and believe retrospectives are a great tool. Just skip the 10 minutes on Lean Thinking. That's just one "implementation" of continuous improvement. Skipping that would make it perfect
  • More room for practicing
  • More room for exchanging experiences (some people also already do regular retrospectives)