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Improve your meetings in just 5 minutes

How often do you take 5 minutes after a meeting or training session to reflect on what happened? After every meeting we have with a client or workshop we talk about what happened and reflect. We wonder about things that worked well and why that was. We talk about... read more

Do you know your stakeholders?

If you are lucky, you have direct access to your customers. In our experience very few Product Owners have this luxury – especially if they are in large organisations. Most Product Owners we come across have various business stakeholders and face the daunting... read more

Monthly Retrospective Plan

We hold a retrospective each month, to see how we are doing. We started with the standard retrospective template, but over time we’ve added some of our own components. Here’s an idea of what it looks like currently. We usually spend a whole day on this.... read more

Helping others deal with conflict

One of the sessions I attended at Agile 2014 by Tricia Broderick was on how managers can help team members resolve conflict themselves. She had some simple steps you can follow as a manager or leader so that you don’t have to mediate all conflict yourself. Try... read more

Our web life in 2014

At the start of 2014 we looked at how our website was doing – comparing 2012 and 2013. Here is that blog post: http://www.growingagile.co.za/2014/01/web-life/ We decided to do it again, so here is the comparative data from Google Analytics for 2014 and 2013. We... read more

Product Owner Camp

We recently attended the PO Camp in Switzerland (#POCampCH). The camp started with a 1 day masterclass which was jointly run by us (Sam & Karen) and Steve Holyer. The title of the masterclass was Dealing with the dirt and the attendees determined the topics for... read more

Expo:QA Conference

We’ve just returned from 10 days in Europe where we attended two conferences. The first was Expo:QA in Madrid. It was our first time at this conference, although the conference has been running for 10 years. We had loads of fun, and highly recommend this conference if... read more

Three key success factors for ‘going agile’

When companies approach us about ‘going agile’ they often what to know what needs to be in place before they start. Most often companies believe they need to start with a new project. Our approach is usually to start where ever the team is currently. If you wait for... read more

Boundaries Determine Our Identities

This is a guest post by Andrew Wynne (@meta4oric), ICF Professionally Certified Integral Coach Andrew works with individuals and groups, assisting them to unlock their true potential. He is passionate about the future of Agile Coaching, and is currently exploring... read more

What are impediments anyway?

Impediments. Those nasty things that stop you from getting stuff done. Nope – that’s wrong. Impediments don’t just stop you from getting stuff done. Impediments are ANYTHING that prevent you from going as fast as possible. Think about that carefully for a moment. The... read more

The ScrumMaster role – is it REALLY full time?

This is a question we get asked almost everyday. Mostly it’s by people new to Scrum who don’t understand the role. Often it’s by new ScrumMasters themselves who find their job a bit boring in the beginning. We often tell ScrumMasters all the things... read more

How to become an agile coach

Karen and I often get asked what it takes to become an agile coach. Mostly by ScrumMasters but also by managers. Our answers vary depending on what we have noticed in the recent weeks. We decided to do a talk at the local Scrum group SUGSA on what we thought it took... read more

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