DiscoverTech Lead Journal#22 - How to Facilitate Great Retrospectives - Aino Vonge Corry
#22 - How to Facilitate Great Retrospectives - Aino Vonge Corry

#22 - How to Facilitate Great Retrospectives - Aino Vonge Corry

Update: 2021-01-24
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“A retrospective is a time set aside where you are looking at what has happened, you’re appreciating what happened, and you’re learning from what happened. And then you improve the ways of how you’re doing things."


Aino Vonge Corry is an independent consultant, agile coach, and the founder of Metadeveloper. She recently published her book ”Retrospectives Antipatterns” that describes the antipatterns and mistakes that she has made from facilitating retrospectives for the past 15 years, and what we can learn to avoid those. In this episode, we had a deep discussion about retrospectives and what we should pay attention to in order to facilitate a great retrospective, ranging from elements of a good retrospective, importance of Prime Directive, cultivating trust, facilitation skills, and coming up with good retrospective outcomes. Aino also shared her interesting story on how she ended up writing ”Retrospectives Antipatterns” and what we can learn from her experience. Towards the end, Aino shared her insights on how we can use retrospective to apply in our personal lives.


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Aino Vonge Corry’s Bio

Aino Vonge Corry is an independent consultant, who sometimes works as an agile coach.


After gaining her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2001 she spent the next 10 years failing to choose between being a researcher/teacher in academia, and being a teacher/facilitator in industry. She eventually squared the circle by starting her own company, Metadeveloper, which develops developers by teaching CS, teaching how to teach CS, inviting speakers to IT conferences, and facilitating software development in various ways. She has facilitated retrospectives and other meetings for the past 15 years during which time she has made all the mistakes possible in that field.


Follow Aino:



  • Website - https://metadeveloper.com

  • Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ainovongecorry

  • Twitter - https://twitter.com/apaipi




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#22 - How to Facilitate Great Retrospectives - Aino Vonge Corry

#22 - How to Facilitate Great Retrospectives - Aino Vonge Corry

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