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?

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...

Storytelling

Comments: 0 Filed Under: Coaching Leadership

“I don’t want her/him/them to make the same mistakes I made!”

“I hope you learn from my experience!”

“See what happened to him/them?!”

“If you knew what I’ve been through, you wouldn’t do that!”

“We tried that once and it didn’t work.”

Sound familiar?

When this sage advice is unappreciated or ignored, it’s followed closely by, “I guess everyone has to make his/her own mistakes.” Or the dreaded rebuke,“I told you so!”

Trying to save others from the discomfort we’ve experienced is a worthy impulse. When the pain we are trying to help them avoid is embarrassment, physical harm, disappointment or a lot of wasted effort, we...

Retrospectives: A Tool For Continuous Improvement

Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Coaching Retrospectives Meetings

Many leaders focus on improving productivity and performance. Leaders who support regular retrospectives gain an effective organizational learning tool that guides project teams (and ongoing work groups) to reflect on their technical, human and organizational systems that affect performance. A well-facilitated retrospective gathers together significant project stakeholders (including the development team members and other critical players) to review their project experience, learn from the experience, and take action to improve - in the next iteration, the next release, and for all future projects.

Does your organization utilize retrospectives as part of its project management goals? If not, here are some simple...

An Opportunity: Strategies for Responding to Today’s Unpredictable, Complex and Emergent Environments

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Coaching Developing People

As part of my commitment to my own professional development, a few months ago I attended a certification training program on effective practices in organizational change and leadership development. Although it required more time commitment than usual on my part, I found the experience well worth it. I would make the same decision again if I had it to do over. So when I heard that the Human Systems Dynamics Institute was bringing its HSDP Certification Training Program to Portland in January 2012, I wanted to share my experiences and how the HSD methodology has positively impacted my practice and my work with my clients.

The Art of Managing in an Agile World 2-Day Workshop

Author: Staff Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Coaching Events

December 12 & 13 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Hotel Vintage Plaza 422 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Price: $1750 per participant* Group Rate: Register 3 or more participants at $1550 per person

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The workshop is limited to 18 participants, so make sure to reserve your spot soon!

Course Overview Managers have a unique role to fulfill in an Agile world. Whether leading a shift to Agile methods or guiding a newly Agile organization, effective managers join their current skills with strategic tools learned in this course to keep people and teams on track. This course gives you the hands-on experience and builds the...