Category Archives: concept

Scenario-based learning

At this month’s meetup we tried something new: allowing people to learn by putting them in a simulation of a Scrum event. That is, we created a daily stand-up and retrospective using ‘actors’, then asked participants to jump in if they thought they could do a better job at facilitating. Preparation Ahead of the session,… Read More »

How to demotivate people

Abraham Lincoln’s “you can’t please all the people all of the time” is certainly true, but sometimes we make the situation worse unnecessarily. Here’s my list of 10 ways to demotivate people in a working environment that are all avoidable: 1. Refer to people as “Resources” Printers, paper, pens, computers are resources; people aren’t. Referring… Read More »

Contracting

When coaches start a new coaching engagement with an individual, it is usual for them to agree how they will work together. This is referred to as contracting. You will note that this is a verb (as in “to settle or establish by agreement”), rather than a noun (as in “the written form of such… Read More »

Going for gold

“Welcome to the most successful sports club in the world.” Founded in 1818, the Leander Club in Henley on Thames is well-placed to make that claim. 12 athletes from the Leander Club won gold medals in Rio 2016. The club has a tally of 123 golds since 1908 and is the home to heroes such… Read More »

Dual-track agile

I often get asked how researchers and designers are meant to synchronise with the development team. Split-team agile (aka mini-waterfall) “Is it okay to have research and design running one sprint ahead of the build team?”   Their suggestion is that we split the team in two: sub-team A (usually researchers and/or designers) and sub-team… Read More »