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16
NOV
2009

Developing High-Performing\Agile Teams Review

Last week, I completed the my Agile Team Training class.  I had a really good turnout (~20) and it was a lot of fun!  While reading the class reviews, a common refrains from the participants were they were surprised at how engaged they were in the simulation and how committed...
18
OCT
2009

Developing High-Performing Teams on Nov 12th

Does this sound like your team? Boring stand-up meetings that never end. You need ten people in the room to make a decision. Planning meetings are just about handing out work assignments. Everyone has a different reason for why the current release is important. Difficulty...
12
OCT
2009

Exciting New Agile Team Training Available

On November 12th, I will be facilitating a first of its kind training for Agile Team members.   Through the use of simulation, I will help the participants reawaken dormant skills such as how to communicate with your peers, give (and receive) feedback, conflict resolution,...
21
SEP
2009

Dog Psychics for Your Agile Team

I was having a really interesting conversation with Susan Elliot Sim at Agile Open SoCal.  I was asking her why is it so difficult to get peer-reviewed articles published on Agile.  She responded by telling me this story, with the instruction to identify the emotions you feel...
25
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: My Greatest Coaching Mistakes 2000-2009

Stopped in today to J.B. Rainsberger’s interesting discussion about his big misses in the last nine or so years.  He used an interesting format of people sitting in a circle instead of sitting around conference room tables.  Here is a list of the interesting ideas I jotted...
14
AUG
2009

Speaking @ XPSD on Sept 3rd

Just wanted to let people know that I will be the speaker at the XPSD meeting in September.  I will be talking about my experiences coaching Scrum teams in China and my insights on what essential skills a ScrumMaster needs to be successful. Update: this was postponed until Oct...
27
MAY
2009

Why I Encourage Small Teams

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a colleague about an issue she was struggling with.  She was describing to me how management sometimes has the notion that if we just double the project, say from 10 people to 20 people, we will get double the output.  In the classic...
28
APR
2009

Saying Good-bye

For certain two things will always happen on any job  – an opportunity to say “Hello” and a time to say “Good-bye”.  The “Hello” part usually happens in the initial meet-and-greet or interview and is your opportunity to make a first...
09
APR
2009

Multi-team Retrospectives: Valuable or No?

The folks at Integrum, a rails consulting company, produced a short podcast talking about their challenges running single retrospectives with multiple teams.  One of the comments from early in the podcast was when you have many teams in single retrospective, the participants tend...
16
MAR
2009

Great Podcast on Retrospectives

Wow!  Great information from Linda Rising on how to conduct a retrospective, the exercises she uses and the value of the retrospectives.  Check out this podcast; it is about 90 minutes, but completely worth it.