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How to run a Coaching Reflection Session

Jul 01, 2020  ·  Tony O'Halloran

How do you deal with your “is this completely bananas or ...” moments at work? How do you get feedback on your approach and interventions? How do you bounce around ideas among peers? Being in a leadership (coaches, scrum masters, product leaders, people leaders) role can be a lonely place. Often, y... continue reading

Spamcast - Episode 600 with Sandy Mamoli

May 24, 2020  ·  Sandy Mamoli

SPaMCAST 600, yes 600, features Tom Cagley's interview with Sandy Mamoli. We talked about teams and the book she co-authored, Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel. Sandy’s unique perspective as a world-class athlete and Agile Coach allows her to deliver options about forming te... continue reading

What is Business Agility?

May 21, 2020  ·  Anthony Boobier

Business Agility is about an organisation’s ability to change and adapt in a complex environment. But what does it mean for a business to be agile and why would they do it? Most definitions dive straight into the what, and how practices can be applied within the organisation, but ‘being Agile’ is no... continue reading

How to pick the team that's right for you

May 12, 2020  ·  Sandy Mamoli

“How do I know which team to choose and what guidelines I should apply?” “How do we make sure people make good choices, not just for themselves but for all of us?” These are the two most common questions managers and team members ask before any self-selection event. This post will provide guideline... continue reading

The "new" new ways of working are not normal

Apr 13, 2020  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

We’re over the halfway mark of our initial lockdown period and there’s been a dramatic series of pivots going on as people and organisations re-evaluate what’s important, what their business needs to survive, and how to keep people busy and productive. The irony of there really being ‘new ways of w... continue reading

AgileBI Podcast

Apr 07, 2020  ·  Tony O'Halloran

The AgileBI Podcast is presented by Shane Gibson and Blair Tempero. In this episode Tony O'Halloran talks to the guys about a range of topics including how he got into the world of agile, scaling, frameworks and his current area of interest: Plan Continuation Bias and how that affects teams.... continue reading

Timely advice - remote working from the trenches

Mar 22, 2020  ·  Tony O'Halloran

Many organisations and teams around the world are currently figuring out what a distributed world looks like for them, and if having and supporting great agile teams remotely is even possible. The good news is “YES, it absolutely is, but it takes deliberate thought and effort”. Timely is a NZ-based... continue reading

Individual performance is not relevant

Feb 10, 2020  ·  Sandy Mamoli

The performance of an individual is much less important than you think it is. The way we measure, assess, evaluate and reward individual performance is no longer relevant in the modern workplace. We need to look at different behaviours and skills and instead consider the performance of the team. W... continue reading

Case Study: Self-Selection with Distributed Teams

Jan 22, 2020  ·  Sandy Mamoli

How Travelstart used remote self-selection to create distributed teamsOnly five months after creating cross-functional teams Travelstart, a South African travel booking website, had a change in strategy and needed to rethink their team structure. From previous hackathons the company had experience w... continue reading

Learning to love feedback

Dec 16, 2019  ·  Gavin Coughlan

Feedback is a funny thing. We crave it, get disgruntled if we don’t get it, and often get upset when we do get it. As someone who requests feedback on a relatively frequent basis, I have been on a journey from being a terrible receiver of feedback, to a much less terrible one. It’s something I am al... continue reading

Saying farewell to a team member

Dec 11, 2019  ·  Paulius Tuzikas

I’ve seen more than 100 people leaving their companies and teams in the last 5 years. Sometimes they go to chase exciting challenges, get promoted or they're just looking for something new. Unfortunately when someone leaves the knowledge that they've created and gained leaves the organisation as we... continue reading

Check yourself listening

Dec 01, 2019  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

I’ve been meeting new people lately, work-related. And one of my pet peeves has resurfaced with a vengeance… people who don’t listen. Not just not listening, but basically just waiting for their opportunity to jump into the conversation and talk about their angle on whatever I just raised, as if the... continue reading

Making Work Visible - Exposing time theft!

Nov 19, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

Do you ever get to the end of a day, week, or month and wonder where all that time went? What did you do? What did you achieve? Why do you feel so exhausted and yet your to-do list looks just as long, if not longer? Research has shown that people regularly take on more work than they are capable of.... continue reading

Growth Maps

Nov 05, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

I have been working for many years now. Around 20. And I have always wanted a manager who really cared about my learning as much as I did. For most of this time, I was just provided with courses and/or books that I wanted.. Now as a coach I hear regularly from managers that they want workers that ar... continue reading

Design Sprint Dinner

Oct 29, 2019  ·  Anthony Boobier

Design Sprints are a great way for a team to solve a big problem and test a solution with real users in a structured way. Some of the activities, language and concepts can be new to people, so I created this ‘Design Sprint Dinner’ exercise, as a fun way to introduce people to some of the concepts of... continue reading