Posts Tagged ‘ Agile ’

How to Build Effective, Successful Management Teams
In one of my recent blog posts, Teamwork Basics: Creating Positive Interdependence in Groups, I offered three strategies you can use to get people feeling and acting like they are in the same boat together: Start shining the spotlight on the whole, not the pieces Solicit help shining the light Know the standard you are striving to achieve Building on...

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Posted on 11/10/2010 01:00 am | 9 Comments
 
The Benefits of Retrospective Meetings at the End of Every Project Iteration
The retrospective is a specific type of meeting in agile approaches that occurs at the end of an iteration in which the team reserves time and attention to discuss what worked well and what team members wish to improve during the next iteration. The basic process for an iteration retrospective is to gather the team for an hour (more or...

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Posted on 11/01/2010 08:49 am | 4 Comments
 
How to Change Blaming to Leading: Part 1
I was honored to be asked to give the keynote speech at Agile Day 2010 NYC in Times Square last month. I called it: "Are We As Agile as We Think?" Shared Responsibility Early in my speech I asked how many in the room are in a position of "shared responsibility" in their workplace. I asked: "Are you in a...

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Posted on 10/26/2010 01:00 am | 1 Comment
 
Leadership: Simply Solve the Real Problem
Apparently, the world is addicted to solving the wrong problem. And when we aren't solving the wrong problem, we are seriously overspending on overly-complex, under-performing solutions. At least according to Rory Sutherland in this compelling TED video (below, keep reading). I'm familiar with both of these issues. Let me set up the video for you, then watch it below... What...

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Posted on 06/17/2010 02:41 pm | 6 Comments
 
Responsible Leadership Rocks International Agile Conference
This will give you a whole bunch of new mental images for the Responsibility Process. Give the video below time to load. It's worth it. This short talk ranked 8th out of 150 presentations at the XP2010 international conference earlier this month in Trondheim, Norway. Turn up your volume, you'll like it... Enjoy Sergey Dmetriev's 7 minute rendition of the...

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Posted on 06/16/2010 12:41 pm | No Comments
 
Leading Knowledge Teams to be Agile
Leading Knowledge Teams to be Agile With the advent of lean thinking and agile methods, the old command-and-control structures are giving way to self-directed teams. Uncovering what makes these teams function effectively and what enhances or inhibits  collaboration are questions of growing importance. Teamwork does not depend on group-bonding or a facilitator's magic art. Teamwork is actually based on individual skills...

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Posted on 05/29/2010 09:51 am | No Comments
 
Agility and The Shocking Truth about Getting the Plan Right
If you care about adding value at work, invest  7 valuable minutes in this TED video... Some questions I'm asking... Is "agility" more about process and tools, or thinking and learning? Is "perfecting the plan" a learned assumption? And if so, what are the sources for this learning? How do you expose and challenge your hidden assumptions? I'd love to...

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Posted on 05/26/2010 11:10 am | 1 Comment
 
The Best Kept Secret of Agile Software Quality – Webinar Replay

I was honored to collaborate with Zach Nies, VP Products, Rally Software on The Best Kept Secret of Agile Software Quality which was apparently viewed by over 900 people on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. You can watch the replay. We present for an hour and answer questions for another 25 minutes.

Posted on 01/25/2010 04:00 am | 2 Comments
 
Agile Leaders and Information Radiators: Dry Erase Paint
I lived for too long in my office—a 300 square foot pool cabana next to my family's home—without a dry erase board for thinking and visualizing ideas. When I finally got one, it had to be smaller than I would like because there is such limited wall space. Here's a picture of the wall that offered the largest space. I...

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Posted on 11/13/2009 10:27 am | 4 Comments
 
Remember to Say Thank You
When you ask someone a favor, and they comply. Say thank you for gosh sakes. Does This Ever Happen To You? There's a good chance I'm wrong. I hope I am. He could be offline for days (sick? injured? hiking in the outback?), or maybe my email did not get through to him, or his grateful response did not get...

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Posted on 10/25/2009 06:48 pm | 2 Comments
 
 
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