Five steps to successful Crucial Conversations in agile teams

Crucial Conversations happen where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. These situations arise all the time in agile development teams and can lead to misunderstandings, inaction or strained relationships. In this post I'll explain when Crucial Conversations can pop up and give you some tips on how to tackle them.

Team leadership lessons from football coaching

Some of my colleagues and I were lucky enough to spend some time with Ian Bateman, one of the Football Association’s youth coach educators and Head Coach of England’s partially-sighted Futsal squad. as an opportunity for us to learn about coaching and leadership from outside of the software development "bubble".

Try Walking 1 to 1s

Ever been sat in a 1 to 1 meeting with one of your team and felt like you were struggling to concentrate on them - unable to really listen to what they had to say or explore their problem with them? Well, I have. So, I’ve experimented with going for a walk during these "catch-up" sessions. It’s been great.

How to coach a colleague in three steps

Everyone in the workplace would benefit from having coaching techniques in their toolbox. Coaching is a great practice to apply when a colleague is stuck or struggling with a task, problem or new challenge. Here's how to coach a colleague in three simple steps.

Agile 2014 attendees, what are you going to do?

If you attended the outstanding Agile 2014 conference in Orlando over the last week, and you are even remotely like me, then you’ll have returned home with a mind bursting with new ideas and techniques gleaned from your time away. You may well have drawn great inspiration from your time in that hermetically-sealed agilist bubble... Continue Reading →

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