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Steve Rogalsky - An agilist and team member at Protegra with a passion for agile and lean principles and practices. Green bar addict, agile player/coach, teacher, dad, husband. Email: steve.rogalsky at protegra dot com
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Commitment as a Facilitation Weapon?

I recently finished reading “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Cialdini. The six ‘weapons of influence’ that he describes in the book are fascinating and I found myself thinking about how any influence tool can be used for good or ill. One of the principles that caught my attention with respect to the work that … Continue reading

Acknowledgment as Motivation

Recently at Prairie Dev Con I gave a talk on #NoEstimates and part of the discussion centered on the practice of using estimates as motivation. Using estimates as motivation *may* be effective in the short term, but in the long term I believe it is dangerous and more likely to negatively affect motivation. As an … Continue reading

Story Maps – A Testing Tool After All

** The following was recently published as a sidebar in Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory’s new book More Agile Testing. The book is full of great advice from the authors as well as other contributors including a few from Protegra. I encourage you to take a look. **   So you’re an agile tester and … Continue reading

Running a Positive Retrospective (and avoiding a gripe session)

A few times recently I’ve been asked about retrospectives – specifically how to keep them from becoming a gripe session. Here are a few things that I’ve found effective: 1. Start with the positive  While we certainly want to talk about and address any issues, I like to talk about the positive things that have … Continue reading

Don’t Etch your User Story Map in Stone

I was having a chat with Adam Yuret last week about user story maps. A concern that he expressed and others have voiced is that by putting your ideas into a user story map it might discourage you from changing the map as you start delivering the stories and learn more information. He’s right – … Continue reading

Visualizing Retrospective Priorities

We tried a new retrospective prioritization/voting technique this week that worked really well. After we had generated and discussed all of our ideas for improvement, it was clear to me that there were several excellent ideas and it would be hard to use our regular voting technique to single out one or two. In fact, … Continue reading

Q: Why Silence? A: Priming.

I’m a big fan of using silent brainstorming in order to generate ideas as individuals before processing those ideas as a group. “Priming” is yet another reason why using silence is important. I’m currently reading Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” – a behavioural psychology and economics book that describes his research on how … Continue reading

Facilitating a retrospective with 50 people in an hour

As one of the volunteers at Agile 2012 I was honoured to be asked to facilitate the volunteer retrospective. There were a few constraints that made this retrospective challenging. First, due to our volunteer responsibilities we had just under an hour to eat lunch and complete the retrospective. Second, there are about 50 volunteers – … Continue reading

In pursuit of better, not best

I realize that many of you already scowl when you hear anyone talk about ‘best practices’. Instead of adding to that discussion, I’d like to share a short story with you about someone who influenced me to keep looking for better and to never assume that I’ve reached ‘best.’ I can still picture Mr. Loewen … Continue reading

Thoughts on Beyond Deadlines by Jabe Bloom

Background In late 2012 when Dylan Smith suggested a blog challenge in order to encourage each of us to write more often, I quickly agreed. I don’t find it easy to write but I love the thought process that goes into it and I was hopeful that some extrinsic motivation ($ and deadlines) would help … Continue reading