A New Reading List From Just One Day At The EQ Summit

Disclaimer:  this is not a post specifically about agile.  Please feel guilt-free in skipping bits (or all) if you’re not interested in Emotional Intelligence or the EQ Summit.  (If you are interested, but need a grounding in what I;m talking about, try this article from Advance Systems Inc. who cover the basics really nicely.) What … Read moreA New Reading List From Just One Day At The EQ Summit

Keep It Simple – the unexpected joy of less

Subscribers to the (somewhat erratic) fluidworking newsletter already know my story of “The Great Wardrobe Simplification”. If you don’t, stay with me here, I promise this is not a post about fashion! Actually, this is an article about simplicity. It all started with Courtney Carver‘s blog on simplicity, coupled with a need to feed my inner … Read moreKeep It Simple – the unexpected joy of less

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

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

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?