Respect is a Key Habit in a Successful Team

Respect is a Key Habit in a Successful Team

I've worked with a lot of teams.  Teams made up of individuals, obviously.  I've worked with people I respect & those I didn't, and with both respectful & disrespectful people.  I have been both too - we all have at some point in our lives.  Its still at the...

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How to Be Coached Successfully

How to Be Coached Successfully

If you are wondering how it could possibly be difficult to be coached, you are not alone.  Surely, you just turn up, listen to the coach, tick off the things you've learned and go back to work? Actually, no.  Its not quite as simple as that.   At the end of June,...

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Patience

This is one of those posts I am writing purely because I find myself giving versions of this same advice time and again!   I've touched on the subject before; the importance of taking some time to observe when you first take on a new job or join a new team. Now I want...

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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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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 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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Your Journey to “better” is about you, not them

I recently read this article by Aurynn Shaw and it inspired me to write this blog post about our journey as agile practitioners. Aurynn's article talks about how Dev culture has been (and still is to a degree and in some spaces) afflicted by elitism.  She explains...

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When Change is Great and When Change Sucks

A change is as good as a rest as the saying goes.  Change can certainly be refreshing and invigorating.  It can also be unsettling and cause anxiety - even fear. Change happens throughout our lives, and we often talk about it as just being part of life - particularly...

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