One of NZ’s leading Agile coaches, Sandy is an accomplished presenter, published book author and former Olympic athlete. A force of positive energy, Sandy is hands-on, no-nonsense and steeped in Agile. She’s the co-author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel”.
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Articles by Sandy
Sep 20, 2016
How you kick-off a team is important!
In fact it’s so important, that when you get it right your team can perform up to 30% better. That's what research by J. Richard Hackman tells us and it’s certainly consistent with my own observations.
What exactly is a kick-off?
A kick-off is a series of meetin... continue reading
Aug 16, 2016
David and I were super excited to head to Agile2016 in Atlanta. We had a really great five days: catching up with old friends, making new acquaintances and eating Atlanta's "streetest" BBQ!
A new phase for New Zealand’s Agile community
Shane Hastie and I signed the papers to establish the Agile Alli... continue reading
Jul 11, 2016
I've never met someone who doesn’t have a problem managing their time. We all wish there were more hours in the day!
While we can’t add extra hours to the day, we can find ways to be more effective with the time we have. Experience and research show that the best way to do this is to:
stop multi-tas... continue reading
Jun 26, 2016
This year's Agile Australia conference was an absolute blast! I loved having the opportunity to catch up with old friends, hang out with my Australian coaching colleagues and to meet new and interesting people.
David Mole and I gave a talk on self-selection and creating great teams in Melbourne and... continue reading
Jun 14, 2016
Everything about self-selection on one pretty page. Enjoy :-)
Download the high-res pdf version: Self Selection On A Page
If you like the concept of knowledge on a page, have a look at Wallskills - an awesome site with heaps of beautiful, useful one-pagers collected by Corinna Baldauf.... continue reading
May 24, 2016
Inspired by our squadification experiences at Trade Me and other large companies, Xero set out to try self-selection for themselves. People were asked to figure out who should be in which team and choose who they wanted to work with. Read our interview with Jordan Morris, a software engineer and Agi... continue reading
May 16, 2016
Guest post by: Jaume Durany, Agile Coach at Fairfaxmedia.
This post originally appeared on fairfaxmedia.co.nz
Boundaries are everywhere, always. And, as Jurgen Appelo explains in his book Management 3.0, a complex system can self-organise only when there’s a boundary around it. That is, every outbre... continue reading
Apr 29, 2016
So, we (Nomad8) are now the proud creators of #JAFAC - just a another fk!ng Agile conference, which we ran for the first time on April 22nd and 23rd at GridAKL.
It was a conference and an unconference. A day of speakers followed by some food, drinks, music and conversation. Then a day of Open-space,... continue reading
Apr 19, 2016
One of the most useful tools when introducing Agile into an organisation is personal Kanban. It gives me unique insights into an organisation's culture and values, and helps me determine my next steps.
As an Agile coach, the process of getting people into personal Kanban facilitates insights into ho... continue reading
Apr 11, 2016
Guest post by: Zhi Lee, Trade Me Property Delivery Manager.
We’re very thankful that Trade Me as an organisation allows employees to select teams and themes they’d like to work on, on a regular basis. It’s something we try to do twice a year in Trade Me Property.
Now, it’s a huge leap of faith to ba... continue reading
Mar 20, 2016
"No one had ever done this on the scale we were contemplating. Could it possibly work?"
Fast growth has a way of forcing organizational change on a business, but it also presents opportunities to try new ways of working. When Trade Me, New Zealand’s biggest e-commerce provider, hit a new level of gr... continue reading
Dec 01, 2015
Our book "Creating Great Teams - How Self Selection Lets People Excel" was published with Pragmatic Bookshelf last week. Yesterday, the first paper copies arrived.A picture of the calm and collected authors (David Mole and me).
Here's me explaining self-selection at Agile Africa 2016 in less than 2... continue reading
Oct 01, 2015
Are you tired of capturing ideas and experiments that come out of your retrospectives only to forget about them after a couple of days? Do your improvement ideas get lost in waves of sticky-notes and hand drawn diagrams?
Try idea balloons! Idea balloons are a way of keeping your ideas and agreements... continue reading
Jul 29, 2015
A problem we were facing recently was that our teams perceived their own progress as not being fast enough and were developing a sense that they were not performing well.
Sometimes it is useful to know how productive we are as an organisation and how our teams compare to teams in other companies. A... continue reading
Jun 23, 2015
Self-selection helps Agile teams pick themselves. And it’s spreading: Since we shared our Self-Selection kit in May 2014 we have heard about successful Self-Selection events from companies from all over the world.
Read our interview with MYOB’s Simon Bristow and Alex Barreto, and find out how they m... continue reading
May 04, 2015
Urban dictionary: rat-hole
To digress in an extensive way. To divert the conversation to a topic that is not only unrelated to the topic at hand, but a topic that will likely have no immediate resolution either.
As a facilitator of a group discussion, a conversation or a workshop session it is impor... continue reading