Techniques

Training Working Agreements

In certain situations, I include a working agreement at the start of my training.  One of the items on the working agreement is “On Time”, where I ask for at least three options to self choose from if you are…

Time Management

Many many years ago, I learned a useful perspective in helping me and other leaders with time management.  I truly suck in that I can’t give the proper source of this framing (so if you know, please share!). I’ve shared…

The value of open space

What is open space? I’m going to be lazy here and point you over to Jake’s blog post as it gives a description and highlights some key expectations/tips. Short version: Open Space is a straightforward way to create participant-driven conference sessions. Where’s…

Quality and Value

Here’s an exercise to try with your team (that I believed I learned at a conference) focused on Quality and Value. Preparation: Create the following signs: Quality = Value Quality < > Value Quality inside of Value Value inside of…

Risk Response Strategies

Somehow in the world of Agile, many teams (leaders) have forgotten/neglected the powerful tool of Risk Management, specifically Risk Response Strategies. I’m not going to be sharing any new definitions. This stuff has been around for quite some time but…

Interviewee Pet Peeves

This round of pet peeves is focused on poor interviewee experiences (come on, you knew another pet peeve post was coming): First impression:  I have seriously had someone show up 40 minutes late with no warning call, etc and then be…

Stickers

Last week’s post was quite heavy; so going light this week.  Stickers! I know this post is basically unnecessary because who doesn’t love stickers?!?! However, just in case… How I use stickers:  In trainings, when someone does anything that really…

Always

Everyone has ticks, taglines, mottos, etc. I’m no different. Some I’m embarrassed by, others I’m proud of. Since I normally talk about things I struggle with, I’m going to focus on the positive one today. I noticed that I have…

Speaking at Conferences

Frequently, I’ve been getting requests about how to start speaking at conferences.  Aside from the information within a submission, specifically for Agile2017, there are some general tips that I recommend: Topics: This is probably the trickiest part of starting…what are you…