Thursday, July 28, 2011

Agile Manifesto T-shirts

Here are a couple of suggestions for T-shirt stencils you might consider. The word clouds for Agile Manifesto and the principles behind it...

Wordle: The original Agile Manifesto Wordle: The original Agile Manifesto Principles
The Agile Manifesto Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Word cloud for "Describe what you do in three words"

A recent popular thread on the Lean Six Sigma LinkedIn group triggered over a thousand responses. So I took a snapshot on Wednesday July 27th (New Zealand time) and created a word cloud, to see what we were all saying.

By the looks of it, most of us Improve, quite a few of us Make, Learn, Deliver, Create, Analyze, Lead, Drive, etc.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Entertain me!...

As Agile Coaches, we often have to find fun ways of inspiring our Teams to learn and gain fresh insights so they may collaborate better.

The Mashmallow Challenge is a very instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple and profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity. The TED video is well worth watching, it's virtually guaranteed to amuse you. is another brilliant source of inspiration for various games, including quite a few designed for Agile Teams.

Great Teams are Grown, not Hired

Roy Osherove discusses three maturity stages of a team and adjusting leadership accordingly, along with techniques meant to bring craftsmanship and maturity in a software development team.

Roy argues that Great Teams must be grown - they cannot be hired in whole. Teams must learn how to become great at their work through practice and intense collaboration (just as military units become better by drilling and fighting together).

To grow Teams more effectively, leaders must tailor their leadership approach to the development stage or characteristics of the Team.