Category Archives: Agile

A Personal (Kanban) dream come true

A dream of mine is coming true. For some time now, I’ve wanted to reach more people to get the deep benefit of Personal Kanban. I’m also unsatisfied with the big batch approach of one day workshops, where people absorb a lot of material before a chance to apply it. At the same time, I’ve…

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1 simple step to more satisfying work

  How often does someone say they are really busy when you ask them how they’re doing? It’s like a badge of honour. If we’re not busy, then we’re wasting time, right? It’s easy to get caught up in being busy, forgetting where the time has gone. Imagine discovering one day that everything you’ve been…

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Personal Kanban Sault College meetup notes

Today I met with some of the workshop participants from last May’s Personal Kanban workshop. I was curious to see how people have been experimenting with Personal Kanban and learning about themselves in the process. What’s worked: High value in using Today / Waiting On columns to stay focused on what is important right now.…

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Lean Change: Applying Lean Startup to Change Programs

If you think building a successful technology product is hard, try organizational change. Shifting culture involves people, and people are complex creatures (I can say that being one myself, and having helped create a few others), which is why most change efforts fail to deliver on their promises. Traditional upfront planning approaches don’t incorporate enough…

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Defining moments from 2011

Another year has passed, 2011 was filled with major change around the world. Here is my personal look back at 2011, and the changes that took place in my own life: Personal Growth A big investment this year was taking the highly regarded Co-Active Coach Training Program. I felt it was time to bring in…

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Democracy unleashed: bringing agility to citizen engagement [Agile 2011 Experience Report]

Looking for the crowd-sourced mind map of the session? You can view/edit/copy/export it here. Empowered individuals. Creative, participatory decision making. Connectedness and care for each other. These words apply equally to an Agile organization as to a healthy community. What might happen if we applied Agile values and methods to transform communities? I will share…

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Scrum is a Major Management Discovery

Scrum, the most widely used Agile development framework got some major praise recently from outside its software origins from Steve Denning, a thought leader in leadership, management, innovation, and organizational storytelling: If there was a Nobel Prize for management, and if there was any justice in the world, I believe that the prize would be awarded,…

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Agility Café 10: what’s in a name, time management and video blogging

If you are wondering “What’s an Agility Café?” then read this. We welcomed two new people to the café, Birgit Kroll who owns Personal Fit Meal Catering and Sandra Hodge, owner of Sandra Hodge Studio. Regulars Robert Bonell of Bonell & Associates and Cindy Crawford, our host from Sault Downtown Association were also there. Proposed…

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Workshop tales: scaling games to teach Agile/Scrum

How would you introduce Agile/Scrum to participants of a Tourism conference in 2 hours? For me, the Tourism Brochure game seemed like a natural fit. Participants get a chance to experience the entire Scrum process, from feature brainstorming and prioritization to product demo and retrospective. All was well, until I discovered later that there might…

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Agility Café 8: Co-working and Cindy’s amazing update

If you are wondering “What’s an Agility Café?” then read this. We welcomed two new people to the café, Trevor Swenson and a co-owner of Scripture Gift and Book shop, whose name I’ve sadly forgotten. I haven’t forgotten the amazing brownies she brought however. 🙂 Cindy had lots to update us on since our last…

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