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 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

What is it like transitioning to be a Scrum Master?

Some time ago, the Scrum Master Community at NewVoiceMedia played about a bit with some podcast ideas.  It was more about learning how to do it, rather than actually setting up a regular podcast in any way. I was reminded of this recently when I stumbled on the mini interview I had done with one … Read moreWhat is it like transitioning to be a Scrum Master?

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

5 Things Every Day To Help You Become a Better Scrum Master

As a Scrum Master I run lots of little experiments with my team to see if we can get better at something.  As an Agile Coach, I run lots of little experiments with other Scrum Masters to see if we can get better at something. Experimentation is at the heart of the Toyota Improvement Kata.  It should … Read more5 Things Every Day To Help You Become a Better Scrum Master

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

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

An Exclusive Conference: Wroclaw Agile Day

I should say from the start: this blog post probably has a limited audience, but I am just so excited, I need to share it. Around this time last year, we had recently hired quite a lot of new people in our Wroclaw office in Poland.  We had decided to do a full day of Agile Training as … Read moreAn Exclusive Conference: Wroclaw Agile Day

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 Level Up Your Learning- What Next?

This is the second (definitely shorter) part of a 2-part piece I began last week, about developing your own learning plan.  This time we are looking at what you do once you have a solid learning habit, and are wanting to up the ante. (If you missed last weeks Part 1, How To Create Your … Read moreHow To Level Up Your Learning- What Next?