What Color is Conflict? – Conflict Games 1/3

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Somehow I ended up attending a lot of sessions related to Conflict at Agile2015. Back at home I offered a workshop to share 3 games / exercises with the wider company. I’ll share the games and our experiences with them in this and the next …

Explain, Explore

[This post is one of many inspired by Agile 2015.] Here’s a game for newly-formed teams that you could play during a liftoff: “Explain, Explore”. It’s from Luke Lackrone‘s engaging session “#awkward – Coaching a new team“. All you need is a piece of paper and pen per person. It’s probably more fun with more …

What is Coaching anyway?

[This post is one of many inspired by Agile 2015] [Update: After reading Johanna Rothman’s comment, a better title for this post would have been “What is Reflective Coaching anyway”.] The other day I found out that my husband’s definition of what it means “to coach someone” was very different from mine. His was a …

Coaching Canvas

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Have you noticed how many canvases are around these days? Business Model Canvas. Lean Canvas. Value Proposition Canvas… Can’t we think of any other approach anymore? That’s why I was a little hesitant when Olaf Lewitz and Martin Alaimo opened up their “Great Coaching Conversations …

SMARTe Ziele auf deutsch

Hm, wie würdet ihr die SMARTen Ziele übersetzen? Für den deutschen Retromaten (um den sich ansonsten Patrick Zeisig hochverdient gemacht hat) habe ich es gerade folgendermaßen eingedeutscht: specific = spezifisch measurable = messbar attainable = ausführbar relevant = relevant timely = mit Termin 3 davon sind ja sehr naheliegend. Auch “ausführbar” finde ich nah dran. …

Clean Questions and the Power of Metaphors

A year ago I blogged about Non-Violent Communication as a means to avoid judgement and find needs. Now I think I found something even more radical (once again via Andrea Chiou): Clean Questions / Clean Language. With Clean Language, not only do you forego judgement, you don’t even offer interpretations. It’s a bit like the …

The Power of Habit – Book Tip

When the insanely insightful Amy Hoy is smitten with a book, I read it. And “The Power of Habit” did not disappoint! It’s an entertaining journey through cases that helped scientists uncover how habits (and willpower) work and how you can change them. Understanding why and how our automatic actions play out is highly important, …

13 activities for retrospectives to know

I like all activities in Retr-O-Mat. Of course, I do, otherwise I would not have invested the time to add them. Still, when I selected activities for the Print Edition I realized that some activities HAD to be in it and others were interchangeable. Which are these key activities, you ask? Well, here they are: …

List of Books about Retrospectives

Recently I’ve made a list of all books about retrospectives that I’m aware of for my Retr-O-Mat newsletter. Just in case you also want to explore this topic: Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby & Diana Larsen This is the classic. Very valuable! I’ve read it at least twice. If you’re German, check out: Erfolgreiche Retrospektiven …

Join the Wall-Skills.com Advent Calendar!

Have you ever heard of “Testing on the Toilet“? I hadn’t until Roland presented it at the Düsseldorf Agile Meetup: Some Google testers wanted to improve the (automated) testing done across the company. That’s why they started to hang up tips for testing in the toilets for people to read in their “leisure” time. They exchange …