Agile Anti-Patterns: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns Part III

David Theil
12 min readSep 18, 2022


  • What is a Sprint-Retrospective?
  1. No suitable room
  2. No documentation
  3. Blaming culture
  4. Introverts get lost
  5. Line Managers are present
  6. Checking the Retrospective Documentation
  7. Stakeholders in the Retrospective
  8. Passive Participation

INFO: This article is part of the series on agile anti-patterns.
For more agile anti-patterns see the entire series.

Agile Anti-Pattern Series:
- General Agile Anti-Patterns
Scrum Anti-Patterns
- Daily Scrum/ Daily Standup Anti-Patterns
- Sprint Anti-Patterns Part I
- Sprint Anti-Patterns Part II
- Sprint Anti-Patterns Part III
- Backlog Anti-Patterns Part I
- Backlog-Anti-Patterns Part II
- Refinement-Anti-Patterns
- Sprint Review Anti Patterns Part I
- Sprint Review Anti Patterns Part II
- Sprint Review Anti Patterns Part III
- Retrospective Anti Patterns Part I
- Retrospective Anti Patterns Part II
- Retrospective Anti Patterns Part III
- Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Part I
- Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Part II
- Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Part III
- Role Anti-Patterns Part I
- Role Anti-Patterns Part II
- Role Anti-Patterns Part III
- Role Anti-Patterns Part IV

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What is a Sprint-Retrospective?

The Sprint Retrospective is the opportunity to reflect on the Scrum process, the work in the Sprint, and the collaboration in the team, to identify problems and obstacles and…

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