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Full name

Nick Oostvogels

email nick [dot] oostvogels [at] gmail [dot] com
Company Skycoach
City (Country) Belgium
Time 1h
Type of Conference Workshop / 40 attendees
Level Everybody

Using the Improvement Kata for retrospectives


Nick Oostvogels is an independent Belgian consultant who has worked at different companies in various industries. He helps organizations to build successful products. He is a proud father of a daughter and twin boys, and enjoys outdoor sports such as mountain bike, soccer and drinking a Duvel afterwards. Nick is a regular blogger at skycoach.be and enjoys speaking and learning at conferences.


In this session, we will explore the Improvement Kata as a technique to facilitate better retrospectives. The Improvement Kata contains 4 steps which are a pattern for scientific thinking and acting, with structured practice routines. It is built on the idea that change requires practice, often started with small behavior patterns. Many teams struggle to implement retrospective actions successfully, leading to disillusion and questioning the benefit of the meeting. Or sometimes, these actions are contradictory, causing no long term progress. In this session, we will learn the theory behind the Improvement Kata and practice it by using exercises. It will help you to stimulate continuous improvement in your organization and give you tools to facilitate it.

Benefits for the attendees

- Learn about the Improvement Kata - Gain practice during the workshop in exercises - Go home with a extra tools on your belt

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