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

The True Story of Agile Transformation – Marginal Gains Matter

Agile transformation isn’t a single ‘ta-da’ moment when everything is done.  I feel I need to say this up-front. Now I can relax a little and tell you why I am saying it, and how an agile transformation might look after the first bit.  The thing is lots of people are writing about the first … Read moreThe True Story of Agile Transformation – Marginal Gains Matter

Building a Centre Of Excellence – How Do You Know When You Are Done?

I find I have written far more posts than I originally intended for this mini-series about building a centre of excellence!  There remains 1 last topic that I need to cover. How do you know when you are done? For anyone who has worked in an agile way before, this will be a familiar concept. Why does … Read moreBuilding a Centre Of Excellence – How Do You Know When You Are Done?

Focus Training For Skills Your Team Needs Now

As part of the Building a Centre of Excellence blog post series, I’ve covered Why is it important? How is it a competitive advantage? How to hire well How to develop your existing team This time I want to talk about team training.  Specifically, training the appropriate skills at the appropriate time.  Learning takes time. … Read moreFocus Training For Skills Your Team Needs Now

Leading the Individuals You Have to Be a Terrific Team

This post is part of a mini-series about building a centre of excellence. So far I’ve written about why that is important, and the need to hire and retain good talented individuals, and how you can do that better.  Next I want dive into bringing out the secret weapons: the staff you already have. Its easy to … Read moreLeading the Individuals You Have to Be a Terrific Team

How to Hire Well – Building a Centre of Excellence

This post is the third in a series about building a centre of excellence.  Last time I wrote about why a centre of excellence is a competitive advantage in business.  This time … I am torn!  Should I next talk about developing your existing people, or about hiring new staff?   It was a close call.  I’ll … Read moreHow to Hire Well – Building a Centre of Excellence

Why A Centre of Excellence is a Competitive Advantage

Last week I kicked off a mini-series of blog posts about the importance of building a centre of excellence (CoE).  In this post I want to explore why you should view doing so as a competitive advantage for your company.   First, exactly how is a centre of excellence a competitive advantage? Building a centre of … Read moreWhy A Centre of Excellence is a Competitive Advantage

Why You Need to Build a Centre of Excellence

Over the coming weeks I plan to write a series of posts about building a centre of excellence.  I intend to cover some reasons why it is important, how you can set up your own, and discuss some of the things it could help improve in your business. For example, a recognised centre of excellence might help with: … Read moreWhy You Need to Build a Centre of Excellence

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