Agile is the word on everybody’s lips these days. Everyone’s talking about ‘going agile’ or ‘being more agile’. But what does this actually mean?
“Be stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details.” —Jeff Bezos
One of the issues that often arises in teamwork is that of terminology. You’re in a meeting explaining yourself using what you think are perfectly understandable words but after a bit of back and forth you realise that the others aren’t understanding what you’re saying in the way you mean it. Or worse, you don’t … Read moreFor example…
In the last post I wrote about assumptions and their effect on team performance. One of the most basic assumptions you often encounter in teams is that others have the same information you do. Hence, the second principle: Share all relevant information Let’s take an example – the traditional requirements gathering phase. The Business Analyst … Read moreFlow the info
I’m assuming we all know the choice phrase: “Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups.” If you don’t, well there is the problem with assumptions right there. In my previous article I listed 8 behaviours that contribute to a high performing team. The first on that list is: Test assumptions and inferences. It’s first for … Read moreThe boons and busts of assumptions
Communication is tough. Many of the issues that arise in the workplace relate to miscommunication in some form or another. We think we’re saying something but it’s being interpreted differently, or we are actually saying the wrong thing. Miscommunication can lead to an erosion of trust, which is crucial to a high performing team. Roger Schwartz … Read moreWhat makes a good team?
As Samuel Johnson said of a widower remarrying soon after the end of an unhappy marriage, I exhibited “the triumph of hope over experience.” Triggers: Sparking positive change and making it last” by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter –
Over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly aware of how valuable our emotions can be for us. I’m not talking about letting your emotions out instead of bottling them up inside. I’m talking about their use as indicators of the unconscious, sign posts along the way to a better understanding of ourselves. I recently … Read moreEmotional sign posts
“Your life consists entirely of the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle