Agile, Communication, Scrum, Sprint Planning, Visual Thinking

A Visual Guide to Sprint Planning

A simple, visual guide, to how I approach sprint planning and the following tracking sessions. Interestingly, I had a conversation with a couple of people about how tasks should or should not have an owner, especially in newer Scrum teams. I’m firmly on the side of tasks being owned regardless of the maturity of the… Continue reading A Visual Guide to Sprint Planning

Agile, Communication, Improvement, Meetings, Scrum

Use Daily Stand Ups to Frame and Track Your Intent Every Day

I’ve written before about why daily stand ups generally don’t work, but I wanted to offer just a small change that will see a big impact on the effectiveness of the stand up far beyond the 10 minutes you spend talking about your work. Usually, you answer three questions What did I do yesterday What… Continue reading Use Daily Stand Ups to Frame and Track Your Intent Every Day

Communication, Improvement, Meetings, TED

How To Save The World From Bad Meetings

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_grady_how_to_save_the_world_or_at_least_yourself_from_bad_meetings?language=en The advice is both simple and revolutionary.  Recieved a meeting invite that has no agenda, no goal or you have barely any knowledge about? No MAS. Click the tentative button! [...] Then, get in touch with the person who asked you to the meeting. Tell them you're very excited to support their work, ask… Continue reading How To Save The World From Bad Meetings

Communication, Improvement, Leadership

On Being ‘Naive’

naive - nʌɪˈiːv,nɑːˈiːv/ adjective: naive (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement. I’ve been called naive a few times in my career, usually when I’m explaining that things don’t need to be as they are You’re naive if you think you can do this without it running late You’re naive… Continue reading On Being ‘Naive’

Communication, Opinion

Why I’m Not Answering My Phone

At work, you can get hold of me in a number of different ways You can send me an email You can send me a message on Slack You can even send me a message on Lync (when it's not crashing) You can actually come over and talk to me And yet, with all those… Continue reading Why I’m Not Answering My Phone