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 …

Sketchnotes from Agile 2015

[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.] Note taking helps me to stay focused on a presentation or meeting. I used to produce loads of  densely scribbled sheets that I never looked at again, because I couldn’t find the pertinent points anyway. For Agile 2015 I decided to go the extra mile …

The Sketchnote Handbook

Taking notes during presentations helps me stay focused and to remember the content. Visual notetaking aka sketchnoting is more fun and the result is more interesting to others. If you’ve never tried sketchnoting, check out “the sketchnote handbook” for a head start. The book practises what it preaches and is very visually engaging. I especially …

Brainstorming vs. BrainstormingBut

Like there’s Scrum and ScrumBut, most “brainstorming” sessions I ever took part in were BrainstormingBut sessions, instead of true brainstorming. They didn’t adhere to the key rules of a true brainstorming, namely: Defer judgement Aim for quantity Up until I was well into my 20s, every “brainstorming” I had ever participated in, had violated at …

Places for information radiators

Big visible charts are a great way to convey information. The more visible something is, the less likely you are to forget or disregard it. This week we tried a new location, when we needed additional maintainers for a handful of systems: Right next to the rest rooms (the door slightly ajar is the Gents). …