Death Sims – How to help a team match their words & actions

One of my sessions at Agile Cymru gave different workshops and exercises that were great for teams at different stages of their life cycle.  I talked about workshops for helping new teams feel comfortable and productive together.  I also talked through an exercise as an idea how to deal with team members who don’t seem to … Read more

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 designed to show why giving feedback is important, and looks at which … Read more

How to Learn To Find Value in Your Own Praise

During one of our pair working sessions many months ago, Melisa and I enjoyed discovering that we are very different types of coaches.  The more we talked, the more we found that we each get a little kick of dopamine in our brains for completely different things.  We can see this in the different ways we … Read more

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 they join a new company, or just a new … Read more

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 the Future is a charity.   It runs a scheme where … Read more

The Simplicity & Complexity of Coaching People

via Twitter 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 pinned to my wall This tweet makes me smile. It encapsulates in … Read more