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#JAFAC 2017 - impressions of an organiser

May 09, 2017  ·  Sandy Mamoli

This is the second year we have organised JAFAC (Just Another F#$%ng Agile Conference) and as I’m slowly coming down from the buzz and enthusiasm I’m reflecting upon the experience of organising and attending the conference. Here are a few things that stood out for me: 1. The #JAFAC vibe Several att... continue reading

Role Expectation Mapping Canvas

Mar 27, 2017  ·  Tony O'Halloran

Role Expectation Mapping is a process described by the awesome Jimmy Janlén designed to aid collaboration and help a team work through mismatches in understanding of each other’s roles. I came across Jimmy's article recently when working with a small team who were struggling with what they could and... continue reading

Just Another F’ing Agile Conference

Mar 16, 2017  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

It’s a funny thing, the Agile world. Globally accepted as the right and logical way to do things most of the time, it is still pretty much in the ramping up phase in Aotearoa. Nomad8 started out in 2007 as a group of people who loved Agile and who wanted to share that love with people and organisati... continue reading

Helping Teams Deal with Conflict

Mar 15, 2017  ·  Tony O'Halloran

The retrospective ended with two team members storming out of the room in opposite directions, two others toe-to-toe in heated dispute and Leah, the Product Owner handing out orders to whoever would listen. I started to realise how stuck this team actually was... Over the few previous days I’d witne... continue reading

Breaking Bad: The cult of not giving bad news

Jan 09, 2017  ·  Anthony Boobier

This post was originally published in Methods & Tools magazine as Breaking Bad: The cult of not giving bad news. I have updated it since then and re-published here as I have collected more learnings since then. It stemmed from something I kept observing, which really bothered me; why is it so ha... continue reading

Video: Self-Selection at Agile Africa

Nov 04, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

I gave a keynote at Agile Africa 2016 in Johannesburg earlier this year. You can watch the video here. "I like creating teams by trusting people who do the actual work to design the best possible teams. I believe that trusting people to choose who to work with and what to work on creates not only gr... continue reading

Time for a Change in Principles?

Oct 07, 2016  ·  Tony O'Halloran

As Agilists, our principles and values underpin the way we work and decisions we make. A good principle should be timeless and non-prescriptive enough to be valid across many contexts, but specific enough to add practical value and help us make decisions. I feel that one Agile Manifesto principle in... continue reading

Giving teams the best start

Sep 20, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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

Is Talking to Users Enough?

Aug 23, 2016  ·  Tony O'Halloran

Recently a friend of mine formed a startup with a goal of making the One-On-One Meeting an easier and more valuable process. Their aim was to help managers and their direct reports easier handle the goals and issues that arise from these sessions. The assumption they made was that their customers (p... continue reading

Everyone needs Kanbanfor1

Jul 11, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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-task... continue reading

Video: Self-Selection at Agile Australia 2016

Jun 26, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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

Self-selection on a page

Jun 14, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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