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How to Develop a Team's Ways of Working

Whether you’re inheriting a mature team, have new people joining an existing one, or are fortunate enough to build a new team from scratch, you’d want to make sure that it is healthy, happy, aligned, and motivated. As people come from various backgrounds and experiences, and with the world moving towards more remote working especially with the impact of Coronavirus,

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What is the Best Way to Embed Agile Values in Team Culture?

A while ago, I collaborated with Allen Holub at the Agile: Principles, Practices and Architecture Workshop during an SDD Deep Dive conference. One thing that arose time and again during our discussions was a shared belief that Agile is both misinterpreted and misused within a lot of companies. It’s something that I continue to see in my role as a

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Masters of Scrum: Why the Principles can be Useful for Hiring

The only people that need to learn Scrum are Scrum Masters, right? We’d argue wrong. Last week we sent our Talent specialists, Grace Carey and Kate Greentree to learn the principles in 48 hours. Will they ever get a chance to put what they’ve learned into practice? Unlikely. Does it matter? Unlikely.   Here Grace explains why… “Everyone on the

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Agile 101 – How to play the game

Whilst there are lots of ways you can vary the game depending on the teams you have and the learning outcomes you want, the basic flow of the game play is common to all. Contents Inside each tin you will find a 20-sided dice and a collection of cards. You’ll need to keep score as you go so make sure

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How to Create the FASTEST Teams

Over the last 30 years at work, I have observed many re-structures.  Some I was part of.  Some I created.  Some worked.  Some didn’t.  And some created only marginal benefits.  Others – in more recent years – were truly transformational and catapulted team performance to a whole new level. I have always been fascinated by management and leadership and how

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We don’t talk about emotions. We draw them

Mirek Woźniak recently sent me an email telling me about something they’re doing to draw out people’s emotions (literally) and gain a better understanding of team morale. It’s a kind of mood board and a very agile way of measuring happiness. All you need is a whiteboard and no talking – take a look: https://blog.lunarlogicpolska.com/2013/measurable-happiness/ Kelly.

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Stop Starting, Start Finishing. Unfinished Work is Debt

I’ve worked with so many development teams now that I’ve lost count.  And I’ve lost count of how many of them have this problem.  The problem of being quick to start things, and not being quite so quick to finish them. Lean methods seek to address this problem by enforcing WIP (Work In Progress) limits.  Whether or not you use

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Making Self-Organization Work

Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos (Cullen Hightower). Morning Star is the largest tomato processor in the United States with 400 employees and over $700 million in annual revenues. Morning Star’s CEO, Chris Rufer, built a successful company on the principle of self-management where everyone is responsible for coordinating with colleagues, customer, […]

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Clever

I’ve recently finished reading this book, Clever, by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, who work alongside Gary Hamel at the London Business School. Gary Hamel I’m sure you know has written many fine words about a new style of management and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in business strategy and management. It’s an interesting read and for me

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All About Agile

By Kelly Waters

“’Agile’ is one of the biggest buzzwords of the last decade. Agile methods often come across as rather more complicated than they really are. This book is an attempt to unravel that complexity. To simplify the concepts. This book breaks the concepts into small bite-sized pieces that are easy to understand and easy to implement and delivers the message in a friendly and conversational style. Allaboutagile.com is one of the most popular blogs about agile on the web. ”

Kelly Waters

Agile 101 is available to purchase. GAME ON!

Agile 101

Emma Hopkinson-Spark

“Whilst there are lots of ways you can vary the game depending on the teams you have and the learning outcomes you want, the basic flow of the game play is common to all.”
Emma Hopkinson-Spark

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