We spend a lot of time in meetings. Are they all productive and successful? Unfortunately not. This meeting excellence model will help to achievemeeting goals. Meeting Excellence Model Participative Purposeful Process Visibility Healthy More Are you wondering how to effectively prepare a successful meeting or workshop? The 7 Ps Framework – A Thinking Tool for Brainstorming will… Read Article →

Don´t like meetings? Why, as they are supposed to bring us forward and foster collaboration. Patrick Lencioni wrote a fantastic little business novel about the problems we face in meetings and how we can overcome them. Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni More about Meetings

What makes a good facilitator? I found some hints in the Serious Work book and on the website of the International Association of Facilitators … The 6 Facilitation Competencies Create collaborative relationships Plan appropriate group processes Create and sustain a participatory environement Guide groups to appropriate and useful outcomes Build and maintain professional knowledge Model… Read Article →

In Kanban the number of work items in progress is limited. So what should we do if tight WIP-Limits and blocked work items impede the flow of work? Here are two approaches suggested by David J. Anderson in his book about Kanban. How to Handle Blocked Work Items Kanban systems bring visibility to problems and… Read Article →

What does a Coach do?  > asks powerful questions, > actively listens with an open mind, > reflects back > challenges thinking, > helps the coachee look at their blind spots, > establishes clarity of thoughts/objectives, and > holds coachee accountable to act towards their desired future. Source: The Scrum Master as a Coach

The Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner, the Development Team, and a Scrum Master. What makes a great Product Owner? I found a list of 20 things to watch out for … No single Product Owner for one team Interference with the daily work Stories built around product layers No projection of the product… Read Article →

What are the Top 10 Traits of An Agile Coach? I found an article with a list … Hands-On Scrum and Agile Experience Experience as a Developer Application of XP & Technical Practices Lean Thinker Continuous Improvement Change Agent / OCM Expert Excellent Listening Skills Emotional Intelligence Unconditional Positive Regard for Others Uses Agile Mindset… Read Article →

A visual display that presents up-to-date, sufficiently detailed, and important information to passersby in an easy, self-interpretable format. Source: Agile Development Resources

A nice article about how the Scrum Master can (or should) act as a Facilitator. Facilitation goes far beyond moderation of scrum events. The article clarifies this …   Summarised, great facilitation is about: Serving the team without being their servant; Helping the team make decisions and reach consensus that sticks; Addressing difficult attitudes, dysfunctional behaviours… Read Article →

The main goal of Kanban is to introduce change with minimal resistance. In his book about Kanban, David J Anderson gives us a step-by-step guide to to bootstrapping a Kanban system. Bootstrapping a Kanban System Agree on a set of goals Map the Value Stream Define the point for input control Define the exit point… Read Article →

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