Perspective on the Inspiration and Perspiration of Writing

I did  a series of individual goal-setting with each of the NewVoiceMedia Scrum Masters last month.  Whilst it isn’t quite the same as the holy seal of the confessional, they are still personal & private, so I can’t share them. Yet I learned so much! There were common themes, and several things came up in every … Read morePerspective on the Inspiration and Perspiration of Writing

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 important to look back and recognise what we did last year.  (You can read about … Read moreHow To Do A Goal Setting Exercise

Goal Setting (and Changing) at the School of Play

If you read this blog often, you may notice I am very interested in why human beings do what they do.  Perhaps that is not as true as it first appears:  I am interested in why people don’t do things that they say they want to do. January is a great time to study this, being stuffed full … Read moreGoal Setting (and Changing) at the School of Play

5 Productivity Hacks You Need To Be Doing This Year

Ah: productivity.  The answer to all of my ‘not enough hours in the day’ type woes.  A holy grail of sorts.  If I could just work smarter, not harder.  If I could just be more efficient with my time. The Productivity Problem The problem with taking this approach to solving my (or anyone else’s) productivity … Read more5 Productivity Hacks You Need To Be Doing This Year

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 missing, is better than aiming … Read moreHow to Do Your Personal Retrospective for the End of Year

How to Use a Bullet Journal to be a Better Scrum Master

Some time ago I mentioned in passing that I was experimenting with a Bullet Journal.  I have had some personal success with it, and several colleagues have asked me to talk them though what I’ve done.  My usual heuristic is that if someone else finds what I am doing interesting, then it’s probably worth a … Read moreHow to Use a Bullet Journal to be a Better Scrum Master

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 rather than tools for growth & learning. Sympathy: feelings of pity … Read moreHow to Have Nothing Bad to Say, Even to Yourself

Great Value for Time & Money: Lean Agile Scotland

I fell in love with Lean Agile Scotland on my first visit, and it’s now a must-attend conference for me.  As ever, it was thrilling from day 1, absolutely chock a block with so many of my favourite agile people. What made Lean Agile Scotland so good? I adored the inclusivity that was evident last year, and … Read moreGreat Value for Time & Money: Lean Agile Scotland

Why Rules Are Made to Be Broken

My last post was about interviewing Scrum Masters, and why elitism is not the way to go in my opinion.  Whilst writing it, I was naturally reminiscing about some of the Scrum Master interviews I have done in the past. Just to give you some context here: in the last year or so I’ve had phone calls with almost 50 Scrum … Read moreWhy Rules Are Made to Be Broken