Retrospective Magic: Tips from neuroscience and psychology to improve your retros.

location_city Toronto schedule Nov 6th 01:15 - 02:15 PM place Lake Winnipeg

Are your retros running a bit flat? Need something to spice them up and make them more effective and also more interesting for your team? Join us as we walk through a collection of techniques from psychology and applied neuroscience to give your retros that edge you need. 

You’ll walk away from this session with immediately applicable techniques that you can use right away.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

We'll outline the basic structure of a retro and then walk through each part to talk about the tips relevant for that. For each tip, I will explain the tip and tell and story or anecdote of how it's used along with the benefits. In many cases, I'll also link out to research on the topic.

A sampling of tips include:

  • Why you don't want to hold the retro where the team does their work
  • How fear shuts down the prefrontal cortex. What we can do to prevent it and what the impact really is
  • Tips for people who are primarily kinesthetic (rely on touch) to help them learn better.
  • The power of playfulness
  • Some language patterns to use and others to avoid
  • How movement impacts learning
  • How novelty helps some aspects of creativity and hurts others

Learning Outcome

Attendees will walk away with concrete, actionable, steps that they can use immediately.

Target Audience

Anyone who facilitates retrospectives or other meetings

Prerequisites for Attendees

Attendees should already be familiar with the basics of how retrospectives work. It's good enough to have participated in a couple already.

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