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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Map of couch surfers

Our family enjoys hosting people from all over the world through a service called Couch Surfing. My daughter Malia and I put this map together of where some of our guests came from. We used Google Spreadsheets and a Google map widget.

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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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Agility Café 7: Creativity, Engagement and New Breakthroughs

We met for the first time at the Downtown Association, in their spacious board room overlooking Queen St, the sunlight pouring in. Combined with the quiet and large table for note taking, this created an ideal space for rich discussion. This was the best café yet, just keeps getting better. See the mind map for most…

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Agility Cafés 5&6: what we learned

Why go to an agility café? People keep coming back because it’s a chance to connect and collaborate with a diverse group of people get useful, practical tips and support to apply immediately fun 🙂 Next café is on Feb 25 @ the Downtown Association. Read more and register. Topics from the last two sessions:…

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Agility Café #4: How to support remote sales team?

At this café, we came up with 3 topics, and got through two: 1. Functioning on a board of directors 2. Linking remote sales efforts / people 3. Marketing multiple services Bill Murphy shared his situation, with sales agents working individually in various parts of Canada, and a desire to have them as a group…

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Citizens of San José play Innovation Game® to prioritize the city budget

The start of a new year means budget time once again. Councillors have dozens, maybe hundreds of choices to make, and the tradeoffs aren’t often clear. It’s a daunting task to make those decisions, especially for new councillors. They want to better understand the priorities of citizens regarding key budget initiatives, but how in a…

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Agility Café #3: Being Overwhelmed and Discovering the Root Cause

Agility Café has found its home! Fridays at noon at the Dish. Last week we tackled two issues raised at the café: how to avoid becoming too overwhelmed how to nurture the creative process (though we discovered a deeper underlying need) You can watch short 2 min summaries of both discussions below, starring the lovely…

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