It’s a busy week. Many of us are returning ugly sweaters from Great-Aunt Lenora, re-gifting fruit cakes, and putting away holiday decorations (DON’T be that house with a reindeer globe on the lawn in February). Just be glad you’re not working the customer service counter at WalWorld today! Take a little break from the hustle… complements of another group who has been very busy this year: the VersionOne Agile Coaches. They’ve managed to write 98 blog posts on a variety of agile management topics to help people kick ass at what they do. I thought I’d ring in the New […]
If you work with a team, and possibly, you are the Scrum Master or Lead or Product Owner, or just a Team Member trying to guide a conversation — then these interactive facilitation techniques are for you. But before we move on, let’s first get it out there that we may call these “Interactive Facilitation Techniques”, but they are really games. More specifically, games that help us at work. Using games — I mean interactive facilitation techniques — help us to effectively and easily facilitate discussions. Using these games to helps to drive good team behaviors (Blunt 1993) including cooperation, […]
As I sat with my strong-willed 5-year-old on Christmas Eve, she prepared to write a letter to leave out for Santa Claus. “What should I write?” she asked me, this being the first year she could actually pen her own missive. How about starting with “Dear Santa, I’ve been a good girl this year?” “No! I can’t write that, because I haven’t. I don’t want to lie!” The concern in her voice was palpable. It seems our repeated hints when the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” had finally taken hold (you know, ‘…He’s gonna find out who’s naughty […]
In the 2nd part of this Retrospectives series, we take a look at VersionOne's ability to capture important information from one of the most important events of Agile.