Perspective on the Inspiration and Perspiration of Writing

I did  a series of individual goal-setting with each of the NewVoiceMedia Scrum Masters last month.  Whilst it isn't quite the same as the holy seal of the confessional, they are still personal & private, so I can't share them. Yet I learned so much! There were...

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Playing the Agile Game Needs to be Fun

We have played games for as long as humans have had a few minutes of spare time.  The first time we play any new game we start by asking:  what is the objective?  What are the rules (the constraints under which we agree to play). We ask these questions in order to...

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How To Do A Goal Setting Exercise

I am currently working though goal setting sessions with each of the Scrum Masters at NewVoiceMedia. As a foundation for this, we ran a personal retrospective for each of our Scrum Masters at NewVoiceMedia during December.  Part of the reason was simply that it's...

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Goal Setting (and Changing) at the School of Play

If you read this blog often, you may notice I am very interested in why human beings do what they do.  Perhaps that is not as true as it first appears:  I am interested in why people don't do things that they say they want to do. January is a great time to study this,...

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5 Productivity Hacks You Need To Be Doing This Year

Ah: productivity.  The answer to all of my 'not enough hours in the day' type woes.  A holy grail of sorts.  If I could just work smarter, not harder.  If I could just be more efficient with my time. The Productivity Problem The problem with taking this approach to...

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52 Little Things I Learned This Year

This post was inspired by a blog post I read around this time last year.  In that post (long since lost in time I'm afraid) the author kept track of a number of things he had done over the previous year.  I enjoyed the article so much I thought I might do a similar...

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How to Do Your Personal Retrospective for the End of Year

In January, along with millions of other people, I intend to set myself some goals to achieve before the end of the year. I know that many people go through this exercise of goal setting, and not always for the same reasons.  For me, I've found that aiming big and...

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How to Use a Bullet Journal to be a Better Scrum Master

Some time ago I mentioned in passing that I was experimenting with a Bullet Journal.  I have had some personal success with it, and several colleagues have asked me to talk them though what I've done.  My usual heuristic is that if someone else finds what I am doing...

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Agile in the City, Bristol 2016 – The First of Many

This was the inaugural Agile in the City Bristol conference, and at less than an hour's commute from home it felt a lot like a holiday! What Was Great? I deeply loved both key notes by Katherine Kirk and Portia Tung.  I'd not heard Portia speak before, and it was a...

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How to Have Nothing Bad to Say, Even to Yourself

Coaching can be a tough gig. There are so many pitfalls, so many opportunities to make things worse not better.  I am often irritated when I see a coach or Scrum Master mistakenly offer empathy when they should offer sympathy.  That is, they offer soothing platitudes...

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