Articles

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

How committed are you...really ?

Jun 25, 2019  ·  Anthony Boobier

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” Ken Blanchard It happens often - something new comes up and it sounds exciting and we totally w... continue reading

The Human Aspect - Holacracy’s Missing Piece?

Jun 13, 2019  ·  Sandy Mamoli

Holacracy has great mechanisms to deal with governance and tactical issues. But what about the human side? What about relationships? What about our personal interactions in the workplace? Many have criticised Holacracy for not being complete, for being a system that only deals with the work and not... continue reading

1 2 3 Purpose

May 10, 2019  ·  Richard Scott-Will-Harknett

Getting to purpose - a quick path to creating a purpose statement . I recently found myself having to come up with a format on the fly for a new leadership team to create a purpose statement. Here’s what I did.... continue reading

Facilitation Canvas

Nov 30, 2018  ·  Anthony Boobier

I created the Facilitation Canvas as a tool to help facilitators prepare to run a session. We use it as part of our ICAgile team facilitator course. The canvas is made up of 8 boxes, each with an associated set of prompt questions that I have found work well as a guide when filling it out.... continue reading

Creating Working Agreements that are actually useful

Sep 28, 2018  ·  Tony O'Halloran

Working Agreements, Team Norms, Team Charters… Call them what you want, they’re great in theory but in practise they can be awkward to come up with and difficult to implement. Committing to “don’t be a dick” and “respect each other” is well and good, but it’s pretty much implied. We shouldn't need a... continue reading

GROW your planning

Aug 23, 2018  ·  Richard Scott-Will-Harknett

There are many approaches to carrying out planning. Here's what I use for situations that require any kind of planning at all - from working across organisational transformation to figuring out what to do at the weekend. I like it because it’s simple, easy to remember and it sets me up naturally to... continue reading

How to Avoid Waste - a Lean Retrospective

Aug 14, 2017  ·  Tony O'Halloran

In Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash Mary and Tom Poppendieck categorised waste encountered in software development into: Partially Done Work Is work going from beginning to end in a single rapid flow? For example; are you building up large amounts of untested or undeploye... continue reading

Modern Agile Principles

Jul 02, 2017  ·  Sandy Mamoli

<p>I often teach Agile to people who have nothing to do with software development, such as leadership teams or organisations that operate entirely outside of the digital world. In this context I only teach <a href="http://www.modernagile.org">the Modern Agile values</a>... continue reading

Agile Principles cards

May 23, 2017  ·  Anthony Boobier

Understanding ‘why’ you do agile is important, and the agile manifesto is one of the first things we cover on any Agile Professional Foundation course. I have, however, found the wordiness of some of the principles a little daunting and let’s face it the website does look a bit like my Nan’s wallpap... continue reading