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 start of a new year, so … Read moreRespect is a Key Habit in a Successful Team

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

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 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

Interviewing Monsters with Confidence – Delighted to Volunteer

I’ve already written about how I volunteer occasionally through Inspiring the Future organisation.  I give up half a day of my life periodically to do mock interviews with 6th formers.  Its usually fun, and I am amazed every time just how ‘together’ the young people are with whom I speak.  I am 100% certain I wasn’t that … Read moreInterviewing Monsters with Confidence – Delighted to Volunteer

Your Journey to “better” is about you, not them

I recently read this article by Aurynn Shaw and it inspired me to write this blog post about our journey as agile practitioners. Aurynn’s article talks about how Dev culture has been (and still is to a degree and in some spaces) afflicted by elitism.  She explains wonderfully well why this is not in anyone’s best interests.  I strongly recommend the article. (Thanks … Read moreYour Journey to “better” is about you, not them

When Change is Great and When Change Sucks

A change is as good as a rest as the saying goes.  Change can certainly be refreshing and invigorating.  It can also be unsettling and cause anxiety – even fear. Change happens throughout our lives, and we often talk about it as just being part of life – particularly life in an agile environment.  It … Read moreWhen Change is Great and When Change Sucks