Techniques

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…

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…