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Facilitation and Conflict - Graceful Conflict

December 15, 2022
This is the fourth part of the four-part series on conflict. In the first part, we explored why we need conflict. In the second how to establish a space that will be conducive to exploration of ideas. In the third some techniques to review suggestions and ideas. In this post, we will explore a pattern to guide the group through a conflict objectively. 
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Facilitation and Conflict - Idea Evaluation

December 12, 2022
This is the third part of the four-part series on conflict. In the first part, we explored why we need conflict. In the second how to establish a space that will be conducive to exploration of ideas. In this post, we will explore some techniques to objectively review ideas. 
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Facilitation and Conflict - Ground Rules

December 9, 2022
This is the second part of the four-part series on conflict. In the first part, we explored why we need conflict. In this post, we explore how to establish clear boundaries at the start of the event to provide the environment that will enable you as a facilitator to navigate through conflict. 
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Facilitation and Conflict - Why?

December 6, 2022
As a facilitator, your purpose is to hold the space to allow the people in the event to achieve the agreed outcomes. This will require distance from the participants as the focus is on helping the people work through the agenda to deliver the outcomes. This is the first of a four part series.
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Professionalism, Leadership and EBM

July 21, 2021
The role of an agile leader is to create and foster an environment where empiricism thrives to support the delivery of value. Evidence Based Management supports this, by providing a framework to link goals and objective measures to provide insights in to how effectively the organisation is working.
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A Home for Product Goal, Definition of Done, and Sprint Goal

November 19, 2020
In the 2020 Version of the Scrum Guide, the commitments were introduced for each artifact. These then became an element of Scrum; in that they need to be used to gain the maximum value that the Scrum Framework offers. They were always part of a Professional Scrum approach, now there is a clear connection of these commitments to the artifacts. They increase transparency, and the focussed delivery of Value. Each of the commitments now clearly support and sustain an artifact.
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Agile Procurement Survey

September 29, 2020
"Becoming Agile" has been the focus of many organisations for a number of years. 2020 has created a new sense of urgency with a number of factors creating increasing demand for quicker responses.
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Building Agile Partnerships - Lean Agile Procurement

July 16, 2019
The traditional approach of RFI – RFP – Review – LOI is neither lean or agile. The Lean Agile Procurement approach reduces the sourcing cycle time to days, with collaborative clarification of the product with prospective partners while reducing the risk of a poor partner and company evaluation.
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Improving your Definition of Done

March 1, 2019
The purpose of Scrum is to create a potentially releasable Done Product Increment, in order to realize business value. Many teams struggle in improving their Definition of Done. The technique described here allows for greater transparency on what the Definition of Done is, and what the next steps are.
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The Scrum Master Craft

August 6, 2018
Working with the Professional Scrum Trainer community, and particularly with Ken Schwaber as one of the Professional Scrum Master Stewards has been a very rewarding learning journey.
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Project Managers & Scrum

June 22, 2018
There is often confusion when organisations transition to an agile way of working, particularly with the mapping of roles. This blog explores the role of Project Managers in Scrum.
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Agile With Rigour

March 9, 2018
Work is complex, and to honour the empirical approach is harder. It requires trust, in order to be transparent. To enable the responsiveness that agile promises there needs to be discipline and rigour.
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Agile is constant change

December 4, 2014
One of the key foundations of helping your business become Agile is the use of empiricism. Empiricism is the scientific approach based on evidence, where any idea must be tested against observations, rather than intuition.