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

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 moreEverything You Need to Teach a Feedback Workshop

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 moreHow to Learn To Find Value in Your Own Praise

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 moreYou’re New Here – Don’t Touch Anything!

Scrum Buddies! (Because we all need a little help sometimes)

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how to turn New Year Resolution rituals to the advantage of both you and your team.  This is a different slant on the same idea. So: you make a decision to do something regularly –  every day, or every week for example.   It is important to you and you know it … Read moreScrum Buddies! (Because we all need a little help sometimes)

Mind Control, Manipulation & Influence

If you knew you could control what someone thought, how they thought ….anyone at all….would you do it? Aside from the (hopefully) obvious moral implications of this, try it as just a thought exercise for a moment.  You could free this person of self-doubt, foster self-compassion, and help them be the very best version of themselves.  Maybe … Read moreMind Control, Manipulation & Influence

5 Essentials for a Newbie Scrum Master

New Scrum Masters Should Ask For Help

My recent posts have all been on fairly deep behavioural themes so I thought it might be time to break it up a bit.  I have worked with several people in my career that I would class as ‘newbie’ scrum masters.  I still coach newbies at work and privately too, and as I always give … Read more5 Essentials for a Newbie Scrum Master

Please Don’t Rescue Me!

Scrum Masters rescue their teams, coaches rescue their charges, we rescue our peers all the time. Its just what kind and decent people do isn’t it? Some one asks for help, or perhaps doesn’t ask, but definitely needs help, and we use our skills to assist. How could this ever be a bad thing? Here are … Read morePlease Don’t Rescue Me!

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 moreVolunteering Not To Hire Students

The Simplicity & Complexity of Coaching People

via Twitter http://ift.tt/1stKvhu 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 moreThe Simplicity & Complexity of Coaching People