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Driftwood vs Planks - Agile Team Roles and Skills

Driftwood vs Planks - Agile Team Roles and Skills

We start with a listener question on roles in an agile team, but quickly divert to Squirrel's "driftwood theory" of hiring and role specification, which turns out to be based on effective conversations and flexible problem solving (what a surprise!)

Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons

How giving work to your boss positions you as the driving force, not the bottleneck—and more methods and mindset shifts to change the perception "gee, that tech team sure is slow".

Why (and Why Not!) To Ask,

Why (and Why Not!) To Ask, "Why?"

We discover that we've given opposing advice about asking "Why" questions—including in our chapter on the Why Conversation!

We're The Aliens - Three Ways to Seek Safety

We're The Aliens - Three Ways to Seek Safety

Jeffrey tells us stories about three ways agile teams deal with uncertainty and we analyse why the first two often don't work and why the third is so threatening to adopt.

Johanna Rothman on Modern Management: Part II

Johanna Rothman on Modern Management: Part II

The fabulous Johanna Rothman, author of 18 books on tech and management, joins us for part II to describe what modern management is and how empathy, safety, and purpose can motivate and inspire your agile team.

Johanna Rothman on Modern Management - Part I

Johanna Rothman on Modern Management - Part I

The fabulous Johanna Rothman, author of 18 books on tech and management, joins us to describe what modern management is and how empathy, safety, and purpose can motivate and inspire your agile team.

CT Newsletter No 1 of 2021

CT Newsletter No 1 of 2021

Upcoming events, conversational dojos, and 2020 resources. We're glad to have you here—keep talking!

Our Intentions for 2021

Our Intentions for 2021

After last week's episode on ahas in 2020, we describe what we're planning to do to help people do the work, move faster, and be productive

Our Biggest A-ha's of 2020

Our Biggest A-ha's of 2020

We describe our big ahas of a weird and somehow still educational year, including insights on productivity, deliberate practise, and speed of change.

Giving 110% - of couse!

Giving 110% - of couse!

Squirrel and Jeffrey deconstruct the defensive reasoning behind planning 110% of velocity in each sprint.

The Impossible Question

The Impossible Question

Squirrel tells the story of a client who was asked an impossible question about agile team productivity, and we explore why such impossible questions are actually valuable and worth investigating with curiosity.

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