Break the Habit

Communication and learning are highly intertwined and as Scrum believers, we are compelled to do both at a high level. We need to shape questions to drive the learning and to forge a path for the product development. How can we ever gain robust, vital feedback without engagement of our audience?

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One Scrum Team. Four Languages.

Some of these languages are pleasant and palatable to us. Others repel us like vinegar. Our challenge as Product Owners, ScrumMasters and teammates is to peel the words and find value in the thought. Let’s revisit the statements and reveal what the intent truly is.

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Scrum Meetings: Painful or Successful?

Scrum meetings are a frequent and essential occurrence as we move through the Scrum framework. As a team member, a Product Owner, or a ScrumMaster, we have an obligation to facilitate meetings that are engaging. How to accomplish that?? It requires awareness and practice.

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I don’t like my teammates…

You don’t have to like your teammates. You don’t have to go to happy hour with your teammates or the office birthday parties with them. BUT this is what you do need.

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Learning can be Agile

Learning strengths and weaknesses are hard-wired, but, through awareness, we can grow our abilities as a team to chew through the learning curve.

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Teams: Meet Shannon.

“That’s great, but what if we try…?”  Is that your teammate’s favorite sentence?  I could guess that ‘risk taker’,’ people lover’, and ‘enthusiastic’ also describe Shannon.  Without a doubt, Shannon is the biggest cheerleader on your team, but some team members may see her having a lack of focus…jumping from one project to another without…

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Teams: Meet Keith.

I once chaired a small leadership team, just four people.  Keith, my operations lead, was highly tuned into telling us how our ideas could or could not be implemented.  Keith had a million ways to process, but he appeared to have a  lack of caring about the people we were serving.  Keith was bottom-line results…

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Teams: Meet Jake.

Teams: Thriving on consensus, Jake needs to know all the opinions before we make any decision at all. He takes everything personally! The c…

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