Navigating The Choppy Waters of Enabling Self-Organizing Scrum Teams

10 Questions, 1 Belief and 1 Goal: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Self-Organization

POWERFUL QUESTION Like many trainers, I probably learn more from my students than my students learn from me. When students come hungry to learn, they ask the most thought-provoking questions that take me on treasure hunts that reveal powerful insights. One such...
3 Cups of Tea

How 3 Cups of Tea With Marshall Goldsmith Can Enable Self-Organizing Scrum Teams

One of the biggest challenges I have observed in professional adoption of Scrum is that team members (especially me) resist the need to address concerns with other team members 1x1, in a courageous and compassionate way. As human beings, we tend to avoid conflict by...
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How Scrum-patible Is Your Mental Model? 10 Statements To Get A Reaction…

"All models are wrong. Some are useful" -George Box The more I try to help individuals and organizations on the path to Professional Scrum, the more I realize that most needless suffering in the name of Scrum is due to a fundamental mis-match of mental models. To...
Adaptation (Not By Charles Darwin)

6 Ways Scrum Can Help You Adapt To Emerging Threats & Opportunities…

Most executives who choose to spend time and money introducing Scrum into their organizations misunderstand it to be a delivery technique that helps you get more work from less people in less time with less money. The most important lesson I learned from Ken Schwaber...
Self-Organization

10 Coaching Questions To Enable Self-Organization

As a recovering manager I want to stop solving problems for teams So that I can enable self-organization... One of the biggest reasons I failed my first attempt at the Scrum.org PSM-1 assessment was that I had a habit of solving problems I had no business solving. Ken...
THE TROJAN RETROSPECTIVE – FROM CRICKETS TO CONVERSATIONS!

THE TROJAN RETROSPECTIVE – FROM CRICKETS TO CONVERSATIONS!

This blog is part of my series on “Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery”. This series helps spark conversations that restore focus on Agile Fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about Agile and help apply Agile in day-to-day...

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How The Road to Agile Coaching Made Me A Gambling Addict!

How The Road to Agile Coaching Made Me A Gambling Addict!

Watch a video version of this blog or scroll down to read a text version... I used to be passionate about Agile Coaching and Scrum. I have spent many years and a lot of money to get here. So it is strange that I am now writing about how all the investment made me a...

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My Experiments with Entrepreneurship – Chapter 9: Dakara Nani? And The Texas Three Step

Over the past few weeks, I started asking some of my friends and mentors what they thought about my blog. I got a very interesting set of responses, and I am paraphrasing some of them here…

“Don’t bust a blood vessel trying to be funny.”

“Too damn long! No one has the time to read a blog longer than a page. Condense your writing or use a smaller font!”

“What is the single take-away for each blog? If everything is important, nothing is important.”

“Why should I read your blog? What’s in it for me?”

Many of the comments reminded me of a heading in a beautiful book I just finished reading – Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds….

“Dakara Nani? (So What?)”

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My Experiments with Entrepreneurship – Chapter 8: The Groupon Buffet Burglary!

Have you ever been to an Indian Lunch Buffet? Assuming that it did not give you indigestion, and that you enjoyed the food, what are your top five favorite dishes? I am going to go on a limb and try to guess them here…

Naan Bread or Biryani
Tandoori Chicken
Chicken Tikka Masala
Saag Paneer
Gulab Jamun or Kheer
Now, imagine a much ballyhooed Indian restaurant called – ‘Something Palace’ opens up a branch next to your work place. What’s special about this location is that it offers your top five favorite dishes in the unlimited lunch buffet every single day! Even better – for $10.99 you get a groupon for a lifetime of lunches at this location. Would you buy it?

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My Experiments with Entrepreneurship – Chapter 7: Waiting for Seeker-Man!

Surgeon General’s Warning: This is a long and convoluted blog with many unexpected twists and turns. Readers are advised to get cozy under a soft, warm blanky (snuggy would be ideal, though not mandatory), with a hot cup of cider, tea or hot chocolate before commencing the journey.

I am going to start this blog with a very hard question – one that has baffled mankind through the ages and will continue to do so in the centuries to come…What is your most memorable Steve Martin moment? There are probably too many to choose from. Is it the scene from ‘L.A. Story’ where he is hugging the talking freeway billboard? Maybe a scene from ‘Father of the Bride’ where he is battling Martin Short? Clouseau trying to pronounce Hamburger in ‘Pink Panther’? Watching Alec Baldwin on Meryl Streep’s laptop in ‘It’s Complicated’? Or it could be something from ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, which I am ashamed to admit I have not yet seen.

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My Experiments with Entrepreneurship – Chapter 6: Sunrise at Haleaakalā

So how would you pack for a week long trip to Maui in May? Especially if you are not flying South West and don’t want to dip into your (rapidly diminishing) retirement savings? The answer is lightly.

That’s what my wife and I tried to remember, as we packed for our Memorial Day vacation earlier this year…

One of us packed the obligatory backpack full of hard cover books that would never be read and the other took an electronic reading device. The other packed a light-weight, technological advanced reading device

(My wife is behind the curve and refused to make use of the latest technological advances. She is still on the Kindle and WILL NOT upgrade to the iPad. I read books the way God meant us to read them – on paper!)

As usual, for some strange reason, I insisted on…

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My Experiments with Entrepreneurship – Chapter 5: The Archetypal Blue-Print

I realized four things about myself after reading Carols Pearson’s book – Awakening the Heroes Within –

I am passionate about supporting and inspiring my team
I love to seek out new approaches to solve problems
I get energized by sharing what I learn to help others
I am most fulfilled when I can see a vision realized
This mapped to four Archetypes-
Caregiver – Makes a difference to others
Seeker – Searches for a unique identity, path, or solution
Sage – Shares wisdom with the world
Magician – Uses intuition and insight to catalyze change

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My Experiments with Entrepreneurship – Chapter 4: The Undiscovered Country

Let’s pick up our conversation where we paused last time-

Why are you on this planet? What is the mission of your life?
How will this world be a better place after you are gone?
What special gift must you share with the world before you leave?
What profound lesson must you learn before you find your gift?
What unique journey must you undertake before you learn your lesson?
Why does any of this really matter?

Let me tackle the last question first – ‘Why does any of this really matter?’

Three reasons – financial, emotional and spiritual…

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