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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Leading the Individuals You Have to Be a Terrific Team

This post is part of a mini-series about building a centre of excellence. So far I've written about why that is important, and the need to hire and retain good talented individuals, and how you can do that better.  Next I want dive into bringing out the secret...

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An Exclusive Conference: Wroclaw Agile Day

I should say from the start: this blog post probably has a limited audience, but I am just so excited, I need to share it. Around this time last year, we had recently hired quite a lot of new people in our Wroclaw office in Poland.  We had decided to do a full day...

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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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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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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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Scrum Master Dayz

Scrum Master Dayz.  Yes, with 'z'. Firstly, sorry about the name - it was one of those jokey, place-holder things that accidentally stuck.  No one regrets it more than I, but this is now the second one we have run and I'm smart enough to recognise I no longer have any...

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You’re New Here – Don’t Touch Anything!

I've been part of a team recruiting for Scrum Masters ...well, pretty much since I joined NewVoiceMedia.  Now, for the first time since I joined we are about to be fully staffed (woohoo!).  This got me thinking about what advice I would give to new Scrum Masters when...

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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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