Techniques

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…

Self-care as a leader

In my recent appreciation post for Sam, I mentioned self care. I thought I would share some of the self care approaches I’ve leveraged throughout the years. Exercise: You don’t have to become a marathon runner or enter a Spartan…

Exercise: Self-Organization

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…

Fast Friends

In the last post, I mentioned that I would never use this tool.  I figured I should probably explain why as I do think for most teams this is a wonderful tool in general. What is it… Fast Friends Protocol is…

Bad Jokes

I was at my long time friend’s home for this past Thanksgiving.  He also works in the software development industry. So he was telling me about how his team is doing and we were discussing how he could challenge them…

Break Until 2019

I may have a theme starting for my final post of the year…post-it related present: Ready? This is Flip Chart Post-it Sticky Paper related.  It’s best to write your labels at the top of the flip chart paper.  Why?  Well,…