Zones of growth 1 – growth and delegation

I recently participated in a workshop where we discussed the growth mindset and the need to push yourself our of your comfort zone in order to learn and grow. We spoke about the need to move out of our comfort zone if we want learn and grow. When you come out of your comfort zone, though, it is scary and you enter the “fear zone.”  The fear zone is where you do not know what to do next, or you are not confident that you can do it as well as you want to.  This is a vulnerable place and … Continue reading Zones of growth 1 – growth and delegation

We gave a presentation on defining a great Product Owner

Tom Angove and I gave a talk today on what we think a great product owner is. We were at the IIBA “Festival of Business Analysis,” so there were quite a few people who knew what a Product Owner was. I would love to say that the talk consisted or erudite guidance from the presenters and passionate, persuasive recommendations that caused the audience to take immediate action on leaving the presentation. Unfortunately I don’t have much evidence to support that claim. What I can say is that we got no where near the end of the material we could have … Continue reading We gave a presentation on defining a great Product Owner

The pull of the tangible and the pull of the past

I am supposed to be working on a talk I am doing in a couple of days. I have some time available and some rare space to think. So of course I have started reading some books on topics that have nothing to do with my talk, and I am pondering how these impact life at work in areas that are, again, nothing to do with my talk. I was reading “What Philosophy can teach you about being a better leader,” by Alison Reynolds and others. The theory They raise a point they call “Tyranny of the tangible” that I … Continue reading The pull of the tangible and the pull of the past

I see coaching values as a “problem” which is why I am so passionate about it

A problem is (also) a question to be answered or solved. Especially by reasoning or calculating Cambridge Dictionary – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/problem I love problem solving I love to help others to learn to solve problems. But there is a problem with this. When I say problem I often mean “a puzzle to be solved” or “a thing to understand” but I think what people hear is: A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. The first thing that came up when I googled “meaning of problem” This is a bad starting point … Continue reading I see coaching values as a “problem” which is why I am so passionate about it

When is ignorance better than clarity?

I strongly believe that coaching teams (and leaders) is a great idea. I think an agile coach can do a lot more than increase velocity with a team or have decent stand-ups.  I also read a lot about different approaches to coaching and like to hone my craft as a coach so that I can become an expert coach. Sadly though, I often remember my father’s old joke that the definition of an expert is that they come to know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing. So I sometimes questions when my expertise … Continue reading When is ignorance better than clarity?