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18
JAN
2016

Top Ten Blog Posts for 2015

Last weekend I was reviewing the traffic on the website and here are the top ten articles that people were clicking on in 2015.  This list is really interesting, so take a moment to review the best of 2015 and enjoy!  Happy New Year! What is Teamicide? – last year I...
15
SEP
2015

Avoiding Decision Asteroids in Scrum

Ever have the experience that a decision made at one meeting later gets undone by decision made at a different meeting?  Or perhaps you have sat through a real long meeting to discuss an important issue only to find out the real decision was made later in the week by a different...
09
SEP
2015

Five Levels of Involvement for a Meeting

Ever show up to a meeting expecting your ideas and comments to be taken in consideration only to be cut short by the clock?  Or perhaps you have had the experience of participating in a Q&A session only to see it morph into a sustained dialogue between two parties that goes...
04
SEP
2015

Seven Types of Meetings (or Dialogues) at Work

Meetings are such a disaster!  There are so many things wrong with meetings today from the frequency of meetings to number of participants to a complete lack of purpose to horrible facilitation, that I do not know where to begin.  IMO, the biggest problem with most meetings is...
27
AUG
2015

Meeting vs. Ceremony

A meeting is any conversation that results in a decision in order to get something done.  Since the goal of the meeting is to arrive at a decision, the meeting participants stay in the meeting until they have arrived at the decision – not one second longer, not one second...
04
JUN
2015

28 Ways to Stop Wasting Time (Part 1 of 2)

One of the basic goals of Scrum is to get work done.  If you are not getting more done, you are not doing Scrum right.  A lot of business leaders and executives like to call this “improved productivity” and almost all of my clients are drawn to Scrum because they believe Scrum...
12
MAY
2015

Get Better Facilitation Today For Just $13.99!

For just a small investment of $13.99, you can have your very own facilitation starter kit!  It has post-its!  It has Sharpies!  It has stickers!  It has everything you need for your next collaborative, engaging and productive conversation with the Team, your users and the...
11
AUG
2014

Are You In or Out? – Check In & Check Out Protocols

Ever work with a Team and the whole group wants to go in one direction, except for one person who digs in and refuses to budge?  This happened to me a few weeks back while teaching a Product Owner class and I was completely stumped.  I like to consider myself a pretty good...
11
AUG
2013

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders

This book is from one of my favorite people in the Agile community, Jean Tabaka.  Jean is a Agile Fellow at Rally and wrote one of the key books that influenced me in my thinking about Scrum.  For me, the ideas, concepts and techniques in this book are fundamental to being a good...
15
MAR
2013

No More Bad Meetings

My friend, colleague and mentor, Tobias Mayer, has new post out today discussing a common complaint I also hear about Scrum – “too many meetings”.  I especially liked the way that he confronted the problem by asking the Team members the percentage value received...