Resolving To Be Better (A New Year Retrospective)

This is really a sister post to A Christmas Retrospective I shared at the end of last year.  That one was about how to ask for help with a particular problem.  This time it is much more traditional in that it is team focussed and is to do with reviewing how good our...

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A Christmas Retrospective

For Christmas, the Fairy Scrum Master is granting you 1 wish.  Just One. Imagine; The Fairy Scrum Master is able to make the single, most painful problem in your team vanish & with no side effects. What is the 1 thing you would fix for your team? The purpose of...

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‘Beautiful Teams’ – People, Practices & Purpose

  My colleague @MelisaCollett and I set about writing a workshop to explore & appreciate the elements that make teams exceptional. We ran this session with the NewVoiceMedia Scrum Masters and this is a simple 'How To' guide if you wanted to do the same sort...

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Telling Lies, Making Friends

To run a great workshop you need your attendees to be engaged. Facilitators know that a workshop or training session needs open discussion and sharing to be effective.  Breaking the ice with a group of people you are about to start a workshop or training course with...

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Mind Control, Manipulation & Influence

If you knew you could control what someone thought, how they thought ....anyone at all....would you do it? Aside from the (hopefully) obvious moral implications of this, try it as just a thought exercise for a moment.  You could free this person of self-doubt,...

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5 Essentials for a Newbie Scrum Master

My recent posts have all been on fairly deep behavioural themes so I thought it might be time to break it up a bit.  I have worked with several people in my career that I would class as 'newbie' scrum masters.  I still coach newbies at work and privately too, and as I...

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Please Don’t Rescue Me!

Scrum Masters rescue their teams, coaches rescue their charges, we rescue our peers all the time. Its just what kind and decent people do isn't it? Some one asks for help, or perhaps doesn't ask, but definitely needs help, and we use our skills to assist. How could...

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Volunteering Not To Hire Students

Mock Interviews for 6th Formers at Sexey's School, Bruton A couple of weeks ago I spent an afternoon interviewing 6th formers who had no intention of accepting work.  This was lucky really, as I was interviewing them with no position to offer them anyway. ​Inspiring...

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The Simplicity & Complexity of Coaching People

via Twitter http://ift.tt/1stKvhu Also: a carton of ribena & a snickers bar from the vending machine have most of the necessary food groups to keep you going #tipsfornewdocs — Kevin Fong (@Kevin_Fong) August 6, 2014 Why a single tweet from a doctor I don't know is...

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3 Key Agile Metrics For A Team

What to look at, what to look for, and what it all means. Agile metrics, are lagging indicators of how the work has gone for a team in the past. Financial institutions are fond of pointing out that "past achievements are no guarantee of future performance". This is...

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