The options generator is a tool that someone taught me a long time ago, to be used as an innovation idea generator. Basically you are supposed to find 2 people and have them share some things that they are good at, then you ask them to identify how they can combine their strengths to come […]Read More Using the options generator for conflict resolution
I have already explored two reasons that might lead people give up on agile. The first was losing their focus on being good at what they do and the second was implementing agile approaches as a goal rather than a means to an end. This time I thought I would look at another common situation […]Read More Backing away from agile, the wrong lens
I recently ran a coaching session for a team who have been adopting agile. They were struggling to gain value from some of the practices and felt a little guilty, but I was impressed with how they collaborated, focused on what mattered and took accountability for delivery. I told them that they were actually pretty […]Read More Why are people backing away from agile (theory 2) – who is the tool?
Earlier this year my daughter came to work with me. Although she was only 6 years old at the time, she came to co-deliver a day in the agile coaching course that I was running. It was interesting to watch as she explained the growth mindset, “golden conversations” and the importance of mixing both persistence […]Read More Agile starting in kindergarten?
I was running a course for agile team facilitators and coaches and we discussed “giving feedback.” It turned out that everybody was giving feedback but some of the crew were not confident that they were doing it well. I mentioned this to the crew in another course and people again mentioned that this was a […]Read More Basic feedback
Last week I gave a talk for business analysts in Sydney on “documentation for agile teams” My talk did not really contain anything too radical, but it did draw a reasonable crowd, with 80 business analysts making time to come after a full day of work. So why did 80 people turn up when, being […]Read More Agile versus knowledge part one – stories are great
Agile approaches are great and I even tell my friends to use them. But recently I have noticed some organisations backing away from their agile implementations. It got scarier when I noticed that Ron Jeffries, one of the original signatories to the Agile Manifesto, wrote an article titled “Developers should abandon agile.” It’s a good […]Read More Why are people backing away from agile? Theory one – losing sight of craftsmanship