Techniques

Liberating Structures (1-2-4-All)

For a little while now, Liberating Structures has been the talk of the town in Agile.  For in depth information from Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowics, go to their website. Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and…

Facilitation Tip: Balancing Engagement

With our new Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course, I’ve been focused on facilitation skills for leaders.  I thought maybe sharing quick small facilitation techniques and tips would be a good series posts. Facilitation Challenge: As a facilitator, you have someone participating non-stop…

Break Until 2020

I may have a theme starting for my final post of the year…post-it related present: Ready? I must warn you this one is not as earth-shattering but still valuable. Always – ALWAYS – write using a sharpie or marker on…

Gratitude Formula

Building off my appreciation post for Maria, in her session with Nic – they provided a Gratitude Formula that I found useful for leaders.  Too often, we want to appreciate and because of time, we are cheap with that gratitude.…

Superhero Icebreaker

I’ve written in the past that I have specific requirements/expectations.  I thought I would give you one that I do find can be topic neutral and doesn’t seem to have as much of a triggering impact to a wide variety…

Facilitation Tip: Grounding

With our new Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course, I’ve been focused on facilitation skills for leaders.  I thought maybe sharing quick small facilitation techniques and tips would be a good series posts (to compliment the exercise write-ups posts). Facilitation Challenge: As a…

Checking back in

I try to help people. Sometimes that help is simply listening. Sometimes that help is providing advice. Sometimes that help is comprised of many things. Recently, at the scrum gathering, I was able to connect and help several people. Here’s…

Check for Understanding

A tool that I learned back in 2013 from Sharon Bowman’s Training from the BACK of the Room was called “check for understanding”. The basic concept is that trainers are better off checking for understanding over asking if there are…

Exercise: First Letter; Last Letter

One of my primary speaking sessions lately is centered around helping people start learning through experiencing and not being told.  I’ve enjoyed this session and the results so much that I’m going to do a series of posts that highlight…