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Encouraging healthy conflict

We were recently at a client who wanted to encourage healthy conflict within their teams. This is a common desire amongst teams who have become very easy going with their process. Usually some signs are: everyone agrees to everything or says nothing and just goes...

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Assess Your Kanban Knowledge

Recently we were asked to teach a group of agile coaches about coaching teams using Kanban. We decided to teach them the principles and then use some example boards for them to discuss what they notice. These turned out to be a great way of teaching the principles so...

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Book Review: Product Mastery

We were excited to get our hands on a copy of Geoff Watts' latest book: Product Mastery. We loved how his previous book, Scrum Mastery, included stories of real Scrum Masters and some of the challenges they face. Geoff's new book for Product Owners similarly looks at...

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100 days

I stumbled onto this video last week. It's about a lady who taught herself to dance in 100 days. It's amazing! https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/13/giveit100/ It made me really wonder what is possible if you just dedicate yourself for 100 days - that's just 3 months!...

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Treasure Hunt Retrospective

Just before our last month end retro, Sam needed to leave the office. I decided to surprise her by planning a treasure hunt retro for when she returned. I wanted to do something a little fun and different for our retrospective, so I decided to incorporate movement...

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Our top 3 posts of 2016

It's always interesting to see which of our blogs posts get the most traffic. When writing you never know what is going to resonate with people and help them. Below are our top posts based on traffic in 2016. Take a look if you've missed any of these, our other...

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The value of coaching

If you've never been coached you might not know that the role of a coach is not to offer advice, judgement, or solutions. Their role is to listen deeply, ask powerful questions, help you explore answers you already have within yourself, and help you craft a definitive...

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The Agile Coaching Competency Framework

Recently we were privileged enough to attend Lyssa Adkins' course Coaching Agile Teams which local coach Antoinette Coetzee co-facilitated. We usually have to travel far away to attend courses like this, but thanks to Just Plain Agile, Lyssa made the super long trip...

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Integral Model for Agile Coaching

We were introduced to the Integral Model in Lyssa Adkins’ Coaching Agile Teams course. It’s a quadrant model that helps you look at teams you are coaching through 4 different lenses: Mindset, Practices, Relationships and Environment.  The axes are intangible to...

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Sketchnoting – a free guide

Are you interested in sketchnoting? It seems more people are unleashing their inner creative, grabbing some colourful markers and doodling during meetings. Personally I'm super happy about this. I am a visual learner, so pictures help me learn so much more than words...

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Scrum Police Game now in French!

Are you ready for the French Scrum Police? We have great news! Thanks to Frederic Vandaele from Trasys the game is now available in French. See the original blog post about the game for more details. You can get the files by clicking on the button below. [button...

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