Now and then I’ll draw yoir attention to the best of the best - the great online shows that can really help take your practice to the next level. Check out Chuck Durfee and the Agile Chuckwagon - one of my favourite Agile Podcasts - at Agilechuckwagon.com!!
One of the biggest productivity stealers in modern business is the 1-Hour Meeting. In large organizations, long meetings can often comprise the entire day, and mask a lack of productivity and decisiveness...leaving precious little working day to make meaningful progress on goals.
Learn how to hack your way around this well entrenched but ominous black hole!!
Thinking about leadership, there's a lot of information - of varying degrees of quality and helpfulness - about becoming an effective leader.
The information overload doesn't really help remove the fog. Perhaps leadership, much like 'intuition' or 'thinking' can't exactly be taught. The source of all leadership is a more natural, authentic place...your humble desire to serve and improve. Rather than trying to improve your skill by memorizing patterns and words and gestures, let your acts...
Getting Butt Hurt Actually Costs you Money and Results. Let’s think about why.
Happy Holidays to all of you loyal badass listeners! Please stay safe - I'll look forward to seeing you in the new year! I'll continue to publish episodes every Sunday night through the end of December and beginning of January.
You can’t just raise blockers and let them sit there. Makes sense right? But how often do we let impediments linger for days, weeks, months? Or raise a critical performance issue in retrospective, and then do exactly nothing about it? Scrum dictates that we must raise blockers and ‘do betters’, but doesn’t teach us how to aggressively - even ruthlessly - attack them. You need to teach teams had a storm around a problem
If you want to know the secret sauce to leadership and success in anything, I believe this is central - service. Its time to visit this crucial concept so you can re-integrate it into your ongoing development.
How do you choose 'when' to use Agile? I say 'willing minds and fitting objectives' but you actually can evaluate Agile fit on a case-by-case basis....but its not what you might think.
It's less about a standardized checklist and more about about appetite for adventure, uncertainty, risk, and discovery.
Staying steady and comfortable is easy. Are you pushing your edges? Growth depends not on a singular moment of glory, but on consistent, repeated action to gently stretch your capabilities and impact.
This skill is so important for you and your teams if you are trying to spread agile and deepen your practice.
Think and act like an owner. The world changes when you act as though you are accountable. Accountable can mean 'on the hook for' or 'in charge of', but it truly means feeling empowered to enact change or bring about an outcome - and to accept and work around the times you can't.
How many people do you know that can cite the Agile principles and seem to know the ins and outs of Scrum, but can’t fully embrace the mindsets of minimizing planning, letting go of their need for certainty and safety, or inspecting their own game? Building up your leaders requires that you know how to inspire and ignite people to do the things they most dread. Here’s some thoughts on how.
Agile is not meant to be a building up - of process and complexity, or rules, or even ‘methodology’. It is meant to be a stripping away - down to the essential mindsets and practices that actually get things done.
Believe it or not, up until 2018, I had no exposure to the conferencing scene whatsoever. So what kept me from participating, and what did I learn once I started?
1. Just because its a conference, doesn't mean it's good. 2. Beware the sales pitch disguised as education. 3. Like any other information, you have to examine the sources. 4. There seems to be a trend toward over-complicating concepts in order to make them presentation-worthy. 5. Some of the best information at a conference...
If you actually want to get more predictable results in projects/product development, you have to work towards ‘Done’. Find out why words like ‘workING’, ‘meetING’, ‘plannING’ and other ING words mask true progress and blockers, and what you can do to change how we talk about progress.
-People often ask "what's the best way?". -There is no best way. Your job as a leader is to help teams find their own way. -Creating doctrine is useless -create habits instead. -Figure out the habits that work for you and your team.-This is true of everything… Definition of done, definition of ready, story content and structure, how to incorporate testing or user interface sprints, etc.