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

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

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

My Hackathon Project

Hackathons are an institution at NewVoiceMedia.  We hold them every 4 months, and they last from the pitches on Wednesday noon until show & tell at the end of the day on Friday.  In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a hackathon is a creative time when technical people will come together for a very short period … Read moreMy Hackathon Project

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

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!

Resolving To Be Better (A New Year Retrospective)

Resolving To Be Better

This is really a sister post to A Christmas Retrospective I shared at the end of last year.  That one was about how to ask for help with a particular problem.  This time it is much more traditional in that it is team focussed and is to do with reviewing how good our habits are. In many cultures, … Read moreResolving To Be Better (A New Year Retrospective)