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

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

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?

How To Create Your Own Guided Learning Plan

I recently wrote a guest post for Agile Cymru about how to get a habit for learning.  This week, I spoke to a wonderful Scrum Master Community about how they could each build their own personal development plans. It struck me that these 2 things are pieces in the same puzzle, and actually it would be great … Read moreHow To Create Your Own Guided Learning Plan

How to change your world with 20 seconds of Insane Courage

In my last post I mentioned using my ’20 seconds of insane bravery’ and promised to explain in a later post. I love this idea.  I came across it originally in the movie: We Bought a Zoo. “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just … Read moreHow to change your world with 20 seconds of Insane Courage

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

Netting A Butterfly

My friend @melisacollett recently described what she felt it must be like inside my head.  She thinks it’s like a field full of butterflies*, each butterfly a cool new idea.  My problem, as she sees it, is my inability to pick just one butterfly.  This means it appears like I am procrastinating.   Too many butterflies … Read moreNetting A Butterfly

Jason Bourne, Arnold Rimmer, And The Real Me

This is not my usual post, its more of a … confessional.  I won’t make it a habit, I promise. My name is Helen Lisowski, and I am a prevaricator. This really shouldn’t be news to me.  Its certainly not news to people who know me. Skip back through time a few decades and I can … Read moreJason Bourne, Arnold Rimmer, And The Real Me

Reviews of the Books I Read in March

I originally wrote about the importance of reading widely in this post. (Also see my notes at the bottom of that post for alternatives to traditional ‘reading’).  Each month I post a brief run down of what books I read during the month, and give my opinions on each one In March I read  2 books and … Read moreReviews of the Books I Read in March

Scrum Master Dayz

Scrum Master Dayz.  Yes, with ‘z’. Firstly, sorry about the name – it was one of those jokey, place-holder things that accidentally stuck.  No one regrets it more than I, but this is now the second one we have run and I’m smart enough to recognise I no longer have any control over what it is … Read moreScrum Master Dayz