November 12, 2014

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Reflections on Coaching and Leading Agility

Furious George band getting project managers to dance

When you are bringing together an Agile team, are you hiring rock stars or building bands? That was one of the many points in David Hussman‘s tutorial “Coaching and Leading Agility: Tuning Agile Practices” at Agile Development Conference East 2014. Hussman blended his discussion on coaching techniques we can apply with our team at the same […]

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November 11, 2014

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It’s All About… Career Superpowers

Wonder Woman

  Career superpowers followed by crucial conversation skills, The Agile Development Conference East is off to a great start! I decided to go with two leadership half-day tutorials: Career Superpowers, presented by James Whittaker, and It’s All About Me (TM): Owning Your Behaviour, Improving Your Team, presented by Doc List. Taking both of these tutorials […]

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November 9, 2014

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Introducing Ask An Agilist on projectmanagement.com

Ask An Agilist on projectmanagement.com

  Today I launched a new blog on projectmanagement.com. As a leader of the PMI Agile Community of Practice, I had the opportunity to be a Trailblazer in PMI’s new online community and set up a blog. Ask An Agilist will be focused on answering questions about Agile development and leadership from the projectmanagement.com and […]

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November 7, 2014

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Problems, Solutions or Results

Graffiti Problem Solution Result

When there is a problem to be solved, how do you communicate as a leader? Do you focus on the problem at hand? Are you solution-focused? Or is it all about the result? Most leaders ultimately care about the results. They don’t care how it gets done but they want the problem to go away […]

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November 5, 2014

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Do You Know Your Blind Spots?

View forward and in rear view mirror

Blind spots are things you unintentionally do, or not do, that can have unexpected and often negative influences on the relationships with the people around you. Some of these behaviours show up when you are stressed or when you overusing your greatest strengths. Sometimes it is a failure to meet expectations you were not aware the […]

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November 4, 2014

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Manager Math

antique cash register

Have you ever needed to make plans out of nothing? You know the situation: the project is barely defined, no one understands yet what needs to be done, and the team is still working on other projects. Still, you need to come up with a budget and build plans on a foundation of something more […]

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