In a recent conversation with an “Agile Coach”, the conversation turned to coaching in an organisational setting. The coach said: “It’s my job to tell people that they are doing things wrong, and that they should approach things the way I tell them to… I’m a bit like Jose Mourinho…… Read More »“The special one”
As coaches, we sometimes end up ploughing a lone furrow in our attempts to help individuals, teams and organisations to develop and improve. Speaking from experience, this isolation can be a little unnerving and often frustrating. The thoughts that have previously entered my mind include: Am I using the right… Read More »Supervision
Recently, I was working with a team that had quite a few team member changes. Old members of the team moved onto other projects and new recruits were brought in to work on the product I was working on. One of the earliest conversations one of the new recruits had… Read More »Learning to self-organise
We’ve all heard of the term Kaizen, and we all know that it is the practice of continuous improvement. The practice of Kaizen has served many of the teams and organisations I have worked with well. Teams that were previously floundering in mediocrity grew into great teams by the fact… Read More »When gradual improvement is not enough
We all know that trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, whether that be with family members, friends or even with our teams at work. Patrick Lencioni backs this notion up in his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by illustrating that an ‘absence of trust’ will mean teams… Read More »Johari Window
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. In many cases that hundred year old adage proves to be true. In fact, I thought of that saying the other night when I was lying on the sofa in my living room. I was looking up at the ceiling when I remembered… Read More »A picture is worth a thousand words
I’ve always been a believer that, rather than focusing on scaling agile, you should just focus on being Agile. However, over the last few years, a number of frameworks have emerged with the aim of ‘scaling’ Agile. SAFe and LeSS are two such examples of scaling frameworks. Scrum.org has now… Read More »Scaled Scrum is just Scrum
Last weekend I was chatting with my Dad about his current work project, and our conversation led me to start thinking about pair programming and pairing in general. The idea of pair programming was popularised from the early days of eXtreme Programming or XP. The book Extreme Programming Explained written… Read More »Is pairing just for developers?
In his book, The Lean Startup, Eric Ries advocates considering the development of a product as a “grand experiment that aims to answer a question”. With that question being “should the product be built?”. The idea is that, once you know the problem you are trying to solve, then you create a… Read More »The Design Sprint
Is there ever a time when it is okay to not limit your work in progress or ever a time when it is okay to fully load your system? Most people’s answer would be “probably not”. In most circumstances that would be the correct answer. We see the consequences of… Read More »Is it ever okay to fully load a system?