Archive for the ‘Teamwork’ Category

Zen and team organization

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There’s an old Zen saying: Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. A sensible way to get things done is to organize people around the work, forming work groups or teams that have the appropriate skills to meet emerging demand. We used to do that, but we did it in […]

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The Course of Least Resistance

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One of the challenges in coaching is how to help people internalize and “own” a new technique or method, after they’ve experienced it and decided they like it. Often, people use the new technique or method as long as the coach is present to encourage them and remind them. As soon as they’re on their […]

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What I Did Not Learn At ScrumMaster Training

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Certified ScrumMaster Training

I was perplexed in the difference between the velocities of the two Agile (Scrum) teams. When I examined the metrics of two different Scrum teams, I noticed they produced wildly different outputs. The first, let’s call them Team Alpha, produced excellent work. Always completing on time and meeting their targets. The other, Team Beta, was […]

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Who Owns This House?

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That was the question that was posed to the freshly minted staff at the Open House for Friends and Family for Publix Grocery Stores store #1520 yesterday. It was amazing to be invited to witness the internal opening of one of Publix’s newest stores in Cary, NC. The air was thick with excitement. Executives traveled […]

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Cross-Functional Teams are Gravy

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Cross-functional teams are a set of people (and sufficient tools) that have all the abilities to produce a complete increment of work.  Cross-functional teams can self-organize to figure out the best way to complete that work. I call great cross-functional teams gravy because I grew up in the south and well, we put gravy on […]

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