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.Read More Try Walking 1 to 1s
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.Read More How to coach a colleague in three steps
I attended an excellent talk by Jon Terry, the CEO of LeanKit, who talked about the approach LeanKit took to help their teams stay lean and make good decisions as they grew from a small start-up to a medium-sized enterprise.Read More How LeanKit helps it’s teams make effective decisions
At the beginning of 2015 I got the development teams in my corner of Redgate together to explore the results of an annual company health survey. Amongst the feedback we’d received in the survey was a clear consensus that team members found it difficult to make time for person development activities.Read More Making time for Personal Development: Gold Cards
We’ve created a set of “working agreements”, which call out best practices and common aims we have, with a view to embedding these in all projects in the division and encouraging consistency.Read More Encouraging convergence: Our project management working agreements
Over the years, our development teams have evolved, disbanded and been created. Most of the time, each team has been given full autonomy over how they work. We have ended up with is a collection of teams with disparate approaches to the same mission – creating great software.Read More Encouraging convergence: Putting a framework around agile team autonomy
Applying agile to people management As we near the end of the year, people managers across the world will be aware of the looming, ominous shadow of a well-known nemesis – the annual appraisal process. In a vain attempt to avoid identification, this sinister entity also goes by the name ‘end of year review’. In either case, […]Read More Down with the annual appraisal!