Observations

Winning the argument

When I was at school, I used to take great joy in arguing with my friends. When I want to University I learned to argue more seriously - putting forward strong, logical arguments for the position I chose to take in an essay. At work I have learned to put forward strong, considered arguments and… Continue reading Winning the argument

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Agile coaching tips from my grandmother

I was dispensing advise to some teams on minimising WIP, keeping focused and pacing themselves, when I could almost hear my parents and even my grandmother giving me the same advice. So here are some of the tips that I heard as a child, that still seem to be good advise in an agile context.… Continue reading Agile coaching tips from my grandmother

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An agile mindset or a winning mindset?

I sometimes still say that "agile is a mindset" rather than a set of processes and frameworks. I still think this is true - but I sometimes hesitate because I think people will interpret the word "mindset" as something different to what I think it is. Defining a mindset as a set of attitudes For… Continue reading An agile mindset or a winning mindset?

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Misdiagnosing bad (and good) luck

Sometimes I make good decisions based on the information that I have available. Sometimes I make bad decisions. Sometimes I wait for more information and sometimes I act quickly on a hunch. I have written about this sometimes in the past. You would hope that good decisions lead to good outcomes, but sometimes, in fact,… Continue reading Misdiagnosing bad (and good) luck

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Noticing what is not happening

There is a Sherlock Holmes story where the famous detective is trying to understand how a race horse disappeared. In it Sherlock is talking to a police officer: Policeman “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”Holmes “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”Policeman “The dog… Continue reading Noticing what is not happening

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The power of distance

"Look within Grasshopper, and you will find the answer you seek" Said the guru to the traveller When I read books on self improvement and EQ, one of the first things I often encounter is the recommendation to "pay attention to how you feel and react." I interpret this to mean, that we should notice… Continue reading The power of distance

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Florence Nightingale, Agile Coach, Data Scientist

As an agile coach, I like to think that I can help teams to see their work in a new way and hence start to find better ways of working. I also like to think that my "Agile Experience" gives me an edge that people in the team will not have. However I am sometimes… Continue reading Florence Nightingale, Agile Coach, Data Scientist

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Assessing our assessments

I have been assessing some teams recently, in order to diagnose where they can create further improvements in their performance. This assessment will be valuable in helping the team decide where to focus their attention in continuing their growth. Really though? Is both those statements really true? I guess the following needs to be true… Continue reading Assessing our assessments

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Daily reflections for positive change

I just completed a course on positive psychology. More accurately, I just completed a a Coursera specialization made up of 5 courses on positive psychology. It was a great course, with some great theory and a lot of meaningful practice. It was full of small things you can do to improve your life and also… Continue reading Daily reflections for positive change

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Scrum for one? Not so sure.

I work with a team who cancelled their showcase. Due to a combination of holidays, vampire infestations and other one off occurrences which led to only having one developer available for the sprint. The developer and the stakeholders did not want a bunch of people, all looking at the poor, single, developer and asking what… Continue reading Scrum for one? Not so sure.