How do participants feel about annual reteaming?

We've found that people appreciate having a strong influence on their destination during team reorganizations and that self-selection reteaming places people into teams they are happy to be part of. But there are difficulties to be aware of and, as with everything, there's always room for improvement.

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 self-selection (without the anxiety)

Are you attracted to the idea of allowing people to decide for themselves what they work on, but worried about what might happen as a result? Yep, we were too. Here's how we kept true to the ideals of self-determination but reduced our collective anxiety about the process.

Why I lead how I lead

While understanding the "Why" behind a task or action is important, understanding the "Why" behind someone’s approach to leadership can be transformative. In this post, I share my Whys behind how I lead and what I do.

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.

Making time for Personal Development: Gold Cards

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.

How to build a great agile team

The group of talented engineers I currently lead have formed into a great team over the last year. Recently, I've been considering what I thought that was down to (as it would be quite useful to know!). Was it simply the somewhat fortunate mix of personalities who were allocated to the project? Was it blind... Continue Reading →

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