Articles

Self-Selection with Distributed Teams

Jan 22, 2020  ·  Sandy Mamoli

Guest post Bevan Williams. Based on Agile Alliance paper. 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 struct... 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

Does Your Backlog Suck? Kanban Can Help

Oct 12, 2019  ·  Damian Brown

Agile backlogs can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand we have a list of things we need to do that is ever-evolving. It is potentially estimated and may have detail where required for the next few stories. It is possibly prioritised. On the other hand having something on a backlog can se... continue reading

The lowdown on JAFAC 2019

Oct 08, 2019  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

What is JAFAC? Born out of a desire to attend a conference full of speakers we really would like to hear from, the Nomad8 team decided to create the event we craved. JAFAC is a relatively small but carefully crafted conference that brings together ten speakers, 120 people, and creates plenty of (Ope... continue reading

A personal story with an agile thread

Oct 07, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

A few weeks ago I did my first solo keynote at Agile Prague; “Being Curious about YOU”. I have been giving talks and workshops at large agile conferences since 2011, but this one was different. This wasn’t about some agile technique, this was about me, and the story was not a “sunshine and rainbows”... continue reading

Is Kanban genuinely an alternative path to Agility?

Aug 14, 2019  ·  Damian Brown

New Zealand has become a hotbed for Agile, especially in the software sector and especially with the use of Scrum. But is there an alternative to the use of Scrum to enable Agility? Kanban promotes itself as an alternative path to Agility, but is that a fact or just fiction? My experience and view... continue reading

Agile2019: The Curious case of You

Aug 07, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

At Agile2019 I presented a workshop on the Self Care track called The Curious Case of You. This workshop was all about listening to the inner you and discovering what your future might look like without the pressures of what others or society might think you future should look like. The slides wont... continue reading

Self-care at Agile2019

Jul 22, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

In a few weeks I will be jetting off to Agile2019 in WashingtonDC. I am the track chair for the Self-Care track and so I was wondering about how to care for myself during the conference. I have over the last 9 years come up with tricks for dealing with this very large conference. For most of us just... continue reading