Category Archives: learning

A Helping Hand

This week, Sallyann Freudenberg and Katherine Kirk have been running a small summit on inclusive collaboration and neurodiversity – not just focused on diversity in our experiences, but in the very make-up of our brain. Sallyann suggested there was a … Continue reading

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How to run Safety Checks

Before I run a retrospective, I often run a safety check. The purpose of the safety check is to see how safe people feel sharing their opinions or problems in the room. I’ve been doing this for some years now, … Continue reading

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CALMalpha – the second request

CALMalpha was meant to be a mash-up between the Lean, Agile and Cynefin / Complexity Theory practitioners. The outcome of the unconference wasn’t really stated. When you understand that a complex domain is one in which the cause of an … Continue reading

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The Real Cost of Change

We have a strange desire for control. I was in a planning meeting with my project manager and several of the devs. “What happened?” the project manager said. “Why did this one story take so long?” “There was some functionality … Continue reading

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I always have so much fun at Agile 20XX conferences that it sometimes feels anticlimactic when they end. This year, however, I was lucky enough to get one of the last few tickets for Corey Haines’ latest CodeRetreat in Orlando. … Continue reading

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Standing-up dragging on?

There’s a standard format for stand-ups that goes: What did you do yesterday? What are you going to do today? As well as this, it helps to keep the focus on things that are interesting to the team. Sometimes this … Continue reading

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