So, now you know two things about me. I write in my books and I can't draw. I snapped a shot of this image from the Coaching Agile Teams book - Chapter 7, (Lyssa Adkins) because it is an amazing way to portray how the role of the scrum master, product owner, and agile… Continue reading The Power of Interlocking Roles
I love to walk around team spaces and identify cool things that people are doing so I can share them with the organization. Last week while doing a Gemba Walk in one of my offices I found this! On his metal scrum board he created "What's at Risk" information radiator magnets in the design of… Continue reading Using Information Radiators to Make Risk Transparent
Agile values and principles are the core foundation by which Agile organizations operate and make decisions. Everything we do is based in these. With that being said, viewing every principle through a holistic perspective is absolutely necessary. Every word in the principles we live by has value and impact. So, when we reduce a principle… Continue reading What Does Sustainable Pace Really Mean?
One of my favorite things about being and Agile coach is connecting with the Agile community through conferences, meet-ups, and other networks. Because of these connections I get to interact with Agilists all over the world. Over the past few months I've noticed a concerning trend coming from the Scrum Master community. They are telling… Continue reading Is More Really Better?
Information radiators (IR) are used to help teams see information transparently so they can make fact based decisions about how they want to change. But how do you know which information radiators to use with a team? How do you know how many are needed and what to display? The best way to use information radiators is… Continue reading Using Information Radiators to Improve Delivery
While attending the Agile Coaching Institute's Coaching Agile Teams class a while back the instructors read this poem to the class. It served as a powerful reminder that as an agile coach, or a scrum master/team coach, we must see people and teams as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole if we want to empower them… Continue reading A Fixer
“Tell me why you think we should consider you for the CST. I’ve never heard of you, never seen you at any user groups, haven’t met you at any conferences, never seen you speak publicly, and you are making no contributions to the agile community.” Those words spoken by Devon Morris, CST were critical to… Continue reading My Journey to CEC ~ and 10 Tips for Yours!
A Few weeks ago while attending a Coaching Agile Teams class I heard one of the instructors (Lyssa Adkins) make a reference in passing to “signal to noise” ratio in reference to our ability to communicate with others. Her comment intrigued me because I’d never heard that phrase before, so I started to do some investigation.… Continue reading Signal to Noise Ratio / Bottom Lining
(This post is by guest blogger, Kenny Barnes.) For our latest retrospective, I created a jeopardy board using JeopardyLabs - Online Jeopardy Template. I used a mix of Agile related categories (Scrum, Agile), items related to the team [Working Agreements, Sprint (more details below)] and something the team is really passionate about (Star Wars). It took… Continue reading Agile Jeopardy Retrospective
A common belief is that the difference between coaching and managing is simply asking questions rather than giving orders. I used to believe this. Instead of making decisions for my teams and telling them what to do I would ask them questions and get them to derive their own solutions. I thought that meant I… Continue reading Coaching ~ It’s more than just asking questions