• Issue 90 - December 5, 2016


    How to Make Better Product Decision?

    Product Owners make a lot of decisions. From shaping the product strategy and determining the product roadmap to deciding the detailed functionality of our products. How to make all these decisions effectively? Through consensus? Or driven by vision? Strategy? Have a look.


    The Domain of Disorder

    “We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” A goal of Cynefin is to see things as they are, or at least as they are perceived by people other than ourselves and those we feel comfortable with. The role of disorder in Cynefin has more aspects that the others. The fundamental definition of disorder is that it is the state of not knowing which domain you are in. It is sometimes confused with chaos but that is a false match. But it’s different. Here’s how.


    Costs of a Struggling Team

    What about the costs of a team that is not doing well?  A team that isn’t working well doesn’t have a neutral effect. A struggling team costs the people and the organisation in engagement, quality, and money, and more. Here’s a mind map that shows various costs of a struggling team.


    3 Levels of Listening

    Facilitating teams is much more than walking them through the Agile ceremonies. To turn a group of smart individuals into a true team means that you have to have some kind of relationship with the members of that team. You really need to listen to understand people. There are 3 levels of listening. Which level of listening do you as a ScrumMaster mostly live in during daily stand-ups, during interactions with the team, or during any Agile/Scrum ceremony that you facilitate? Have a look.


    9 Qualities of Servant Leaders

    The idea of being a servant leader has been around for centuries, with one of the earliest references noted in Tao Te Ching back in the 500 BCE era. But it’s still rather difficult to become one. How do you know if you’ve been a good servant leader? Here’s are 9 qualities that can help you become a better one.


    Staying Connected – Remotely

    A strong company culture comes from people practicing the spoken and unspoken values of the company, wherever in the world they might be. When most people think about company culture, they think about something contained within four walls in a specific place. That is more accurately called “office culture”. How do you keep yourself connected to the team and organisational culture when you work remotely? Have a look.


    Mindfulness in Leadership

    Mindfulness is the height of fashion in leadership development circles. But does mindfulness training actually “develop” leadership? If it does, how does it do so? What are the mechanisms that make it effective? How do we design interventions that actually work? Read on.