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Creating an interaction map - tutorial

Creating an interaction map - tutorial

Interaction maps are a useful way to visualise the key dependencies that affect the work of your team. Often people within the team are aware of some of the key dependencies but mapping them out into one big diagram really helps to identify where …

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Forming a working agreement

Forming a working agreement

Whatever methodology your team uses, a working agreement is a crucial component to set the expectations for what it means to be part of THIS team. I believe that every team, no matter if it has 2 or 10 people - should have one, and it should be …

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Remote retros for distributed teams

Remote retros for distributed teams

I’ve met many agile advocates that simply won’t accept a job that involves working with remote teams. Whether that comes from fear or lack of experience, I feel it’s important to assure these people that it ain’t all that scary. Whilst this post …

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7 tips to improve your presentations

7 tips to improve your presentations

You would think that as an agile coach I’d feel confident at giving presentations. Well, I was confused when my colleague suggested I attend presentation training but decided to give it a shot.

Truth is, I’ve never had any formal …

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Metrics

Metrics

I’ve met various peers in an agile coaching role and there seems to be no general consensus on what metrics should be used, and with whom they should be shared. I often notice a lot of confusion when it comes to this topic, so I’d like to suggest …

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Agile & Lean in Plain English

Agile & Lean in Plain English

I’m a big fan of explaining things using simple words that even those who aren’t fluent in English will be able to understand.

My belief is that the better you are at explaining something in plain terms, the better you understand it.

On my …

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Cancelling a sprint

Cancelling a sprint

I’ve been asked this question by others in the agile community, who have done some agile training but still have no idea how to go about cancelling a sprint.

Why cancel?

There are several reasons why you might be considering cancelling the …

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Letter Shaped People

Letter Shaped People

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the whole “we want T-shaped people” speech that a lot of “Agile” companies, HR and management have latched onto. Woohoo for capability matrixes! 

For those not in the know, here is a …

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Scrum vs Kanban

Scrum vs Kanban

It depends.

I like to use the analogy - you wouldn’t go into a supermarket and buy only products belonging to one brand (unless you find that brand offers all the products you need at the best value with the best expiry dates for your needs). …

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Retrospectives

Retrospectives

Retrospectives…that good ol’ Scrum ceremony that few people get right. I have observed other Scrum teams and Scrum Master’s in action - what is it with retros that people just don’t understand?

Perhaps it’s not really knowing what the …

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