Everything You Need to Teach a Feedback Workshop

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to speak to a group of lovely Scrum Masters about building a personal learning plan.  During our conversation I mentioned my feedback workshop.  This is great for opening discussion on what is often a difficult subject.  It is...

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How To Level Up Your Learning- What Next?

This is the second (definitely shorter) part of a 2-part piece I began last week, about developing your own learning plan.  This time we are looking at what you do once you have a solid learning habit, and are wanting to up the ante. (If you missed last weeks Part 1,...

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How To Create Your Own Guided Learning Plan

I recently wrote a guest post for Agile Cymru about how to get a habit for learning.  This week, I spoke to a wonderful Scrum Master Community about how they could each build their own personal development plans. It struck me that these 2 things are pieces in the same...

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How to change your world with 20 seconds of Insane Courage

In my last post I mentioned using my '20 seconds of insane bravery' and promised to explain in a later post. I love this idea.  I came across it originally in the movie: We Bought a Zoo. “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just...

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How to Learn To Find Value in Your Own Praise

During one of our pair working sessions many months ago, Melisa and I enjoyed discovering that we are very different types of coaches.  The more we talked, the more we found that we each get a little kick of dopamine in our brains for completely different things.  We...

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My No1 Team

This is a guest post by my Polish colleague Anna Linke.  Anna is a tester, and in the last few months, also a Scrum Master for one of our Polish teams.  She has been doing a great job, and I am pleased she has agreed to write about her experiences using some of the...

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Netting A Butterfly

My friend @melisacollett recently described what she felt it must be like inside my head.  She thinks it's like a field full of butterflies*, each butterfly a cool new idea.  My problem, as she sees it, is my inability to pick just one butterfly.  This means it...

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Hackathon Book – Complete First Chapter

A couple of weeks ago myself and 5 of my colleagues thought we'd attempt the biggest and boldest non-tech hackathon in the history of NewVoiceMedia. We decided to write a book and publish it. This is the first chapter, and its not a coincidence that this is one of the...

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My Hackathon Project

Hackathons are an institution at NewVoiceMedia.  We hold them every 4 months, and they last from the pitches on Wednesday noon until show & tell at the end of the day on Friday.  In case you aren't familiar with the term, a hackathon is a creative time when...

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Jason Bourne, Arnold Rimmer, And The Real Me

This is not my usual post, its more of a ... confessional.  I won't make it a habit, I promise. My name is Helen Lisowski, and I am a prevaricator. This really shouldn't be news to me.  Its certainly not news to people who know me. Skip back through time a few decades...

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