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Agile Kitchen: A retrospective’s anti-patterns retrospective

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9 August 2022


Spoor 18, Mechelen



09/08/2022 @ 18:00 20:00


Are retrospectives vehicles for continuous improvement? Do you get the value out of retrospectives? We will facilitate a retrospective about retrospectives. Many teams are doing retrospectives. How productive are these? The session aims to discuss anti-patterns and understand how to prevent and deal with these. It’s more than a couple of techniques or formats to facilitate or entertain a retrospective. Let’s get to the essence of what retrospectives are about.

An example anti-pattern is the “Whack-a-mole” pattern, in which a team discusses and tries to improve everything that’s happening in a sprint, resulting in little or no improvements in the end. The improvement issues keep on popping up, and the more you try to improve little things, the more minor problems appear, without any structural improvements made in the end.

You participate by sharing your experiences, deep-dive in causes and exploring possible experiments to improve. We will guide the session, give examples of anti-patterns and add our insights. The primary purpose is to create a space where you can learn from your peers.

iLean’s Agile Kitchen

Our initiative

The last few years the world of work changed quite a bit, and many Agile community initiatives struggled to stay operational. With iLean’s Agile Kitchen we want to contribute in bringing the community back together in ways that suit our new reality.

In the Agile Kitchen we want you to be more involved and enlarge the learning potential of yourself and our community!

iLean's Agile Kitchen

Our concept

It’s simple: iLean’s Agile Kitchen is about Agile and people!

Every 6 weeks we gather around one or more Agile topics for intereactive learning sessions and knowledge sharing. We invite speakers from our community (maybe you?), or national and international thought leaders to facilitate these sessions about specific Agile topics. The topics we chose are your topics. We gather them on our Agile Kitchen Miro board and give you the possibility to introduce or support relevant topics.

Let’s get cooking!



Agile Kitchen Calendar

Tue 14/12Agile Metrics to boost your AgilityKris & Vincent17:30 – 21:00Mechelen
Tue 25/01Reawakening Agile with OKRs  Allen Kelly16:30 – 18:00Online
Thu 10/03 How to build products that customers and teams will LOVE?Annelore Vacanti18:00 – 21:30 Mechelen
Thu 21/04 Continuous improvement: make it a habit!Serge Huybrechts17:30 – 21:00Online
Tue 01/06 When agility meets reality – Comic AgiléLuxshan Ratnaravi & Mikkel Noe-Nygaard16:30 – 17:30 Online
Thu 23/06Topic to be announced!Christophe Rosseel17:00 – 19:00Mechelen
Tue 12/07 A Zombie Scrum Survival SessionJohannes Schartau18:00 – 20:00Online
Tue 09/08A retrospective’s anti-patterns retrospectiveVandessel Philippe & Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse18:00 – 20:00Mechelen
Thu 25/08 ‘Let the drawing beast out!’ how (self)drawn images boost your meetingDimitri Bauwens17:30 – 19:30 Mechelen
Thu 04/10 Topic to be announced!Maarten Dalmijn16:00 – 17:30Online
Tue 17/11 Techboards, collectives and microteams at iBOOD. Close a collaboration in times of pandemics and continuous change…Sander Hoogendoorn18:00 – 20:00 Mechelen
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AK – A retrospectives anti-patterns retrospective – 09/08/2022
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Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve.

  • Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Educator
  • Agile Community Gardener


Agile - Klimaks - Liberating Structures - Open Space - Personal Agility - Scrum - Sociocracy 3.0

Philippe Vandessel

Facilitating an organizational culture founded on trust, collaboration and continuous growth!

  • Team coach
  • Continuous improvement adept
  • Scrum Master
  • Skilled facilitator
  • Trainer


Agile organizations - Kanban - Personal growth - Scrum - Systems thinking - Team dynamics - Transparency

9 August 2022


Spoor 18, Mechelen


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