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Endless Blessings for Your Team

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 1 Filed Under: Teams Retrospectives Meetings

Recently, I read an interview between Bernie DeKoven (who has aliases as varied as: Major Fun, The Shaman of Play, and more) and Barry Joseph (Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History). While the whole interview is delightful, and I recommend it, I was particularly struck by the game called "The Out Blessing Game" or "Endless Blessings.

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Empirical “Certification” — Invest in Results

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 4 Filed Under: Agile Teams Coaching Events

If you’re in a particular Agile crowd, “certification” is a dirty word.

On the other hand, the Human Resources/People department in your organization looks for certifications on your resume, asks about them in job interviews, and you may get promoted or better compensated party through the accumulation of certifications. Getting “certified” as a user of a tool, or as a signal of skill acquisition may give you a personal boost as well.

So, what’s with the dirty word? What’s not to like about certification?

How do you transform your Agile into the Best Job Ever!

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Developing People Events People & Places

There’s this thing…as Jim (James Shore) and I have mentioned before, in the early days of Agile we would visit teams and hear, “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I love this work.”

People who were doing Agile (usually Extreme Programming) were excited about it, they shared it with others, who did it, and got excited.

But at some point, someone shared it with someone who got excited about it and shared it but didn’t DO it, so their sharing lost a bit of fidelity, like a copy of a copy. Hearing about a thing is not the same as doing a thing.

Let’s get REAL about Agile Fluency™

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Retrospectives Events

Preamble: This an update for the Agile Fluency Project on Kickstarter. I'm very excited about the project and its implications for team learning and the world of Agility. Since it's the culmination of our thinking about fluent proficiency and has implications for the Agile community, I'm including it on the FutureWorks blog.

I noticed it first with retrospectives. Esther Derby and I worked to share our insights about this powerful tool in the Agile Retrospectives book. We created a simple, flexible framework that could be dressed with activities most relevant to that team on that day. Many people have...

Join the Agile Fluency Project Community

Author: Staff Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Developing People Leadership

Are you managing Agile teams? Are you wondering how to offer the best guidance so teams reach their highest possible performance? Is maximum team productivity on your mind? Are your team members telling you they need additional support to deliver the most productivity?

Here at FutureWorks Consulting, Sharon, Diana, and our network of experienced colleagues continually look for ways to help leaders like you. We offer ideas, services and opportunities to strengthen business agility, build resilience for yourself and others, and improve how you work with Agile teams and organizations. We’ve written before about the Agile Fluency™ model developed by Diana and James Shore, and now we bring you the chance to move the model from idea to implementation, through the Agile Fluency Project.

Going Live with the Agile Fluency™ Project

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Coaching Culture and Change

Recently James Shore posted his "Lament of the Agile Practitioner" to provide history and background, from his perspective, for how we arrived at the Agile Fluency model. And, further, for moving into the next phase that we're calling the Agile Fluency Project.

For me, it all links to our FutureWorks Consulting vision: Contributing to the growth of workplaces where people say, "I love my work. This is the best job ever!" When we identified our vision, we intended it to apply to everyone at every level of the organization. Different strokes for different folks (as they say) and...

Set the Stage with Check-ins

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 1 Filed Under: Retrospectives

Coincidence is a funny thing. Have you noticed that some topic/issue/concept/activity will come up in your life, then for a while you bump into it everywhere? Happens to me all the time. Lately, I’ve been bumping into new ideas for check-in activities, and reminders about familiar ones.

Adaptive Action Method: An HSD Retrospective

Author: Staff Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Retrospectives Human Systems Dynamics

Diana has written previously about the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and their excellent program that provides models and methods for dealing with our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world of complex adaptive human systems. In this post she focuses on the HSD Adaptive Action model and its unexpected connection to retrospectives:

In 2006 Esther and I introduced a Flexible Framework for Agile Retrospectives, a series of stages for designing effective retrospectives: Set the Stage; Gather Data; Generate Insights; Decide What to Do; and Close the Retrospective. We recommended a recurring cycle of retrospectives after each iteration as a process for the team to "reflect, tune and adjust", as the Agile Manifesto principle decrees.