Posts filed under: Collaboration

Build TRUST using these 3 simple ways to get to know each other

Recently we used three interesting ways to get to know each other that I would like to share with you. The described formats use different perspectives and help to discover various areas. Investing in learning more about a team member is...
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Will you try this fast group synchronization and replace your one on ones?

With this post I describe our newly introduced group synchronization – 8 on 8 – where all Agile Coaches synch together regarding their current situation and feelings. So far we used 1 on 1 sessions where every team member synced with...
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A solution focused format of a project retrospective (the complete retrospective examples series)

With this post I continue the series of examples for retrospectives. It describes a solution focussed version that I recently used as a format for a project retrospective (a project that lasted 3 months and 2 teams were working together)....
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Agile Coaches Connected – 7 ways we share knowledge and learn together

This time I share insights from our team of Agile Coaches and explain the way we learn together, exchange information  and knowledge in 7 different formats. Have fun trying it in your environment too. #1 Agile daily (daily 15’) Lets...
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An example of a complete retrospective – Part I – the multitasking and team drawing version

Having hosted retrospective workshops and learned through many retrospective facilitations in various teams and environments I would like to start sharing some complete retrospective formats and provide comments what worked and what maybe did not work. Introduction How A brief...
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Let the team draw it … and open new perspectives to discover, interpret and see each other

Recently I had the opportunity to join a session about painting exercises that one can embed in e.g. retrospectives to open another channel for discussions. Thanks to Lisbeth Ott for arranging a great learning experience. Double Doodle A simple exercise, just...
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How to amplify learning by creating your own workshop format (an experience from a workshop about facilitation and retrospectives)

During the last weeks we were preparing a workshop for effective meeting facilitation and having great retrospectives. We … because preparation was done in a team of 3. A great experience I would like to share with you with this...
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What about your retrospective action items – use the active learning cycle or PLAN – DO – CHECK – ACT board

Retrospectives are established as the standard way for continuous improvement reflection in Scrum and ScrumBan environments. Having the meetings itself optimized it’s still a question how to best ensure that action items resulting from the retrospective really get done. With...
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Will you try the disruptive retrospective exercise – WE PROCESS?

With this post I share with you my experience with an extraordinary retrospective format I tried the first time this week – the  WE PROCESS.  It’s based on the amazing work by Scott M. Peck about community building and the extended...
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Great games for learning lean and connecting people – Lean Penny and BINGO

Recently we arranged a kick off for our department consisting of 4 teams. Aiming to connect people we applied a gamification approach using 4 cool games and exercises that I share with you through this post (this time 2, maybe...
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Huddle – a claim for more efficient group discussions among Agile Coaches/ScrumMasters

During the last years I attended several ScrumMaster/Agile Coaches teams and we experimented with various formats for efficient synching in our group (among the ScrumMasters). I can highly recommend syncing regularly as it shows common topics to discuss and allows...
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Efficient group decisions using the 7 levels of decision making – an agile coach must have

A key success factor for efficient team work is to be able to make decisions (and in an efficient way). Best fully supported by every team member. Learning how to best facilitate decision making is an important skill for an...
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Pimp your Daily Standup

Just came across a nice discussion about the Daily Standup and what (3) questions to use. Condensed some cool variations for questions in you Daily. Nice connection with the goal getting it done: “DONE” – Delivered – Obstacles – NEx...
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Evolving retrospectives – variations to avoid boredom – energize it

Retrospective can get boring over time In the beginning, starting with a new team or starting with Scrum at all, retrospectives are really interesting and you have a lot of energy in this meeting. As with most things – the same...
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Evolving retrospectives – inspect & adapt every sprint

a simple version of the sprint retrospective when Do the retrospective every sprint on the last day of the sprint after the sprint review to get all topics that occured during the sprint including the outcome of the sprint review...
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