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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

It’s the system, not (and?) the people.

I live and work with two phrases in my head that are important to me: “It’s the system, not the people” – Deming And, paradoxically: “It’s all about the people” – a statement heard often at Protegra that we try to use to guide how we work together. An event this weekend helped me to … Continue reading

Golden Nuggets from the Innovation Games Summit

My friend Chad Holdorf describes golden nuggets as those practical things you learned from a conference that you can use on Monday at work. After attending the Innovation Games Summit this week in Santa Clara here are six golden nuggets I’d like to share with you: 1. Many of the attendees at my Silence of Agile … Continue reading

A Systems Thinking Alternative to Performance Reviews

I tried something new based on the concerns and research around annual performance reviews. I’m not qualified enough to make categorical claims about the typical annual performance review process, but I can say that by trying something different I enjoyed the performance review process more than any other year and I had some great conversations … Continue reading

Top 3 #teachers that shaped me #UofW #RiverEast @mbteachers

As my kids go back to school and I meet their great teachers, I thought about the three teachers that were a profound impact on my life. (both professionally and personally) I saw a video by Neil DeGrasse Tyson that mentioned that if you ask people how many teachers impacted their life, they would probably think of … Continue reading

Agile Adoption – 6 Influence Strategies

The vital behaviours for successful software projects (agile or not) are simply these: a) improve communication by co-locating, b) get access to the customer and c) have short delivery cycles. (Read part 1 of this post here). This is so simple, and yet agile adoption continues to be a big question mark for many people … Continue reading

Agile Adoption – 3 Vital Behaviours

One of the books on my reading list this year was “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything” (Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, Switzler). As I read it, I was struck by how the ideas in the book can be helpful for guiding an agile adoption. The book is split into two parts. The first section outlines … Continue reading

I don’t know, but you probably do.

Sometimes, the best answer to a question is “I don’t know, but you probably do”. Let me explain… I occasionally have the opportunity to speak at user groups or to groups of employees to introduce them to agile – what it is, why it is important, how to start, etc. The presentations vary depending on … Continue reading

Assessing your process – 6 great questions

Recently, I was asked to work with a client to help them improve their process. In some of my other readings I found a list of 6 questions used by Alistair Cockburn in his research to search for the most successful properties of software methodologies. We used his questions to interview the team and found the results to be fascinating … Continue reading

Day 2 at Agile2010

Today was another satisfying day at the conference in ‘sunny’ (I did see the sun this morning) Orlando. I started the day off with 11 other agilists going for a morning run on the paths and walkways around the Disney complex followed by a great breakfast. The catering at the Dolphin has been fantastic so … Continue reading