June 17th, 2014
I recently ran a one-day Scrum Mastery workshop at the Scrum Alliance Coaching Retreat in Teddington. The retreat as a whole was a great success, allowing close to 70 agile coaches dive deep into some important topics such as the pathway for development for agile coaches, resources for the development of ScrumMasters, making change stick and coaching executives among others.
My workshop focussed on a few key skills - listening, questioning and understanding your gremlins - that are important for coaches to be successful. The workshop was highly interactive (no surprise there!) and allowed the attendees to focus on, practice and receive feedback on these skills. It was well received and I really enjoyed working with some great people.
An extra benefit was that the retreat had provided a sketch artist to capture some of what happened during the day and I was really pleased to see the output of Stuart Young of Illustration Station. I thought I would share it here too. How cool is that?
If you would like more information about the Scrum Mastery workshop, my 1-2-1 coaching services or any of my other workshops then please get in touch. You can also check out Stuart's work here
#scrummastery / Agile / Coaching / Scrum / Scrummaster / Servant-leadership
September 3rd, 2013
Are you prepared for what agile really means?
Agile transformations are a big commitment. It's not just a case of saying "OK, let's have a go with this agile thing", there is a much bigger commitment involved than that. As Liz Keogh suggests in her 2011 post just providing a team with a couple of days training is not going to cut it. There is a mindset shift that needs to take place. In all areas of the organisation. The good news is that I have yet to meet someone who hasn't been able to benefit from what an agile approach has to offer - therefore there is always something "in it for me". However, as with most things in life, it doesn't come for free.
Developers (and I am talking in the generic, almost role-agnostic sense here) have a lot ... read more
Agile / Agile Adoption / Management / Self-organisation / Teams
January 13th, 2012
As a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) I do a lot of work with ScrumMasters in organisations who are looking to find new ways to engage their teams and move their Scrum implementations forward past the basic Scrum framework. When Coaching ScrumMasters I recommend they try to become more ADAPTIVE. As you might have guessed from the fact that the word is capitalised, it is an acronym for a number of behaviours. Following on from my blog post about ScrumMasters getting RE-TRAINED, an ADAPTIVE ScrumMaster:
Helps the team to hold themselves ACCOUNTABLE
Leads the team to DIVERGE before they converge
Helps the team take ACTION to improve
Asks POWERFUL questions to make them think about the root cause of their challenge
Encourages the team to TRY someth... read more
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Accountability / Adaptive / Advanced / Agile Adoption / Asm / Divergence / Elephant / Experimentation / Involvement / Scrum / Scrummaster / Training / Visibility
November 20th, 2011
I'm pretty bad at twitter. I am terrible at getting my thoughts across as intended in 144 characters and the more I try sometimes the worse it gets. So I am writing this as a response to the twitter debate that ensued after Jim Coplien's latest post. My first view upon reading this was that, considering Jim's normally controversy-inviting style, it was well-written and aligned with a number of things I have been thinking about recently. However, it left me incredibly conflicted primarily because I want to be someone who is being positive and constructive to everything that is trying to help make organisations more successful through agility. This is why Jean Tabakas "Community of Thinkers" post resonated with me. I do feel an urgent need to... read more
Agile / Community / Conflict / Kanban / Scrum / Timeboxing