Techniques

Post-it Final Post

I may have a theme starting for my final post of the year…post-it related present: Ready? Post-It has actually designed their packaging solution by providing a perforated lined down the middle. So how can you open a Post-It pack without struggling…

Random Games

At a recent meeting, Ellen Grove offered a quick game for the team to play before we dived back into agenda items.  The game was Happy Salmon.  This is a super simple game:  Get rid of your cards first by…

LeSS Training Reflections

I took the 3 day LeSS class with Bas Vodde.  As I had read their latest book, my motivations for taking the course were to learn more of the “stories/reasons behind the practices/rules” and LeSS class reflections from one of…

What was memorable?

A while back I posted about my struggle with remembering names…well, I have a new response that works wonders! At Agile2017, I was chatting with several people in the hallway of the hotel.  They were sitting having drinks and I…

What do you see?

One of my favorite feedback comments that I frequently receive is centered around helping people see various perspectives in situations.  I fully embrace that perceptions do not always align with intentions. I fully embrace that people are doing the best in…

Keynote Ideas

I was extremely honored to be asked to keynote Agile Midwest in October.  First and somewhat unrelated to this post…but deserves to be called out: Their approach for the week is pretty ideal. During Agile Week in St. Louis you can…

Exercises with Images

One of the neuroscience based learning techniques that I have the hardest time incorporating into my trainings and meetings is leveraging images.  I’ve adapted one exercise to incorporate images and have found several valuable variations. Exercise: Conclusion activity to express…

Powerpoint Pet Peeve

This round of pet peeves is focused on the pet peeves I’ve accumulated around powerpoint slides.  Let me be clear, there are many amazing slides and these are my issues but you know me, always sharing: Template:  Our minds are wired to…

Marker Snob

I realize that this post might be a borderline advertisement plug but I was not requested to do this. I truly have become a marker snob.  My Agile For All team introduced me to Neuland Markers two years ago and now…