Based on the new book Fun Retrospectives: activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging, the training is an 7 and 1/2 hours online and real time  training that teaches you step-by-step, in great detail, how to prepare and facilitate very engaging and efficient retrospectives.

These are common questions for anyone planning retrospectives:

  • How to transform a group of people into an effective team?
  • How to consolidate learning in each iteration and improve over time?
  • How to keep the fun and agile spirit alive in the team?
Retrospectives help to improve communication, productivity and cooperation, in addition to promoting the exchange of knowledge and experiences. This ability to learn and act on problems is one of the secrets of successful agile projects and teams.
  • How to create a safe environment where people can bring their real opinions?
  • How to allow opposing ideas to have equal space within the discussion?
  • And equally important, how can the retrospective be conducted with concrete steps that actually lead to improvements?

All of which makes retrospectives probably the agile ceremony that benefits most from a good facilitator and a great agenda. The effective retrospective facilitator must know several activities to do so.

In this training, dozens of activities will be carried out for retrospectives, futurespectives and team building. You’ll learn lots of new ideas and how to set up an effective agenda with good mix of activities for your next retrospective.

Program content

By the end of the training, you will have learned:
  • lots of retrospective activities you haven’t seen before;
  • how to select a good activity for the beginning, middle, and end of a retrospective;
  • how to combine retrospective activities;
  • lots of activities so you don’t have to repeat the same activity over and over again;
  • how activities can direct a retrospective;
  • several simple metaphors to increase participation in retrospectives;
  • how to extract value and seek continuous improvement in each iteration.


Topics covered:

  • Who is your trainer and his history with retrospectives?
  • Introduction
    • What is a retrospective?
    • Agile and retrospective methodologies
  • Preparing the retro
    • Planning is essential
      • Moment
      • Context
    • Retrospectives, Team Building and Futurespectives
    • The role of the retrospective facilitator
  • Context setup
    • What is it
    • How to prepare
  • Prime directive
    • What is it
    • The importance of the prime directive
    • Prime directive for retrospectives
    • Prime directive for Team Building and
    • Prime directive for Futurospectives
  • Energizer
    • What is it
    • The importance of energizers
    • The Energizers Challenge
    • Leaving a message
  • Check in
    • What is it
    • Connecting with context
    • Open the heart
    • Anonymous information
    • Get ready for a focused conversation
  • Main course
    • What is it
    • Connecting with check-in
    • Mix and match
    • Main course for retrospectives,
    • Main course for Team Building and
    • Main course for Futurespectives
    • Beware of too many main dishes
    • Time control
  • Filtering
    • What is it
    • Connecting with the main course
    • Time control
  • Check-out
    • What is it
    • Connecting to the main course and filtering
    • Focus on action or conversation?
  • Remote retrospectives
    • Mixed teams (face-to-face and remote)
    • Tools
  • Pivot the agenda
    • Low security
    • Sudden interruption
    • Extra time

Target Audience

  • Scrum Masters
  • Facilitators
  • People managers
  • Project managers
  • People interested in continuous improvement

Participation in training includes:


  • USD$ 434.00 – individual registration
  • USD$ 347.20 – registration for groups (from 5 participants)

InCompany training

We are currently scheduling more InCompany trainings than open classes. Bring this training to your organisation.  Contact [email protected] for more information. Read more about this one and others of our our exclusive trainings here.

Pull training agenda

In simple terms you help decide the training date and timing. We have been calling it: the Pull training agenda. Before, we used the ´push training agenda´, which basically meant we were pushing our training agenda to you. Pull training agenda, on the other hand, means you are actively involved in deciding the training date and timing.

Join this training WhatsApp group to decide the training date and time (the first five people in the group will trigger this decision).

About the trainers

Felipe Carvalho is an Engineering Lead at Scentmate, a Spanish startup in the industrial fragrance industry. With 15 years of experience applying agile software engineering in several countries, Felipe has fun facilitating Fun Retrospectives since 2013 for multi cultural and multi disciplinary teams.

Paulo Caroli is a retrospective facilitator with a lot of experience in the subject. Caroli created the website and book in 2013 and has been exchanging experiences with several colleagues about retrospectives for many years.