Author: Annelies De Meyere

26 April 2017 / Leadership & Management
Ice cream and leadership

I came across this meme on my LinkedIn timeline.  In the reactions, very classically schooled managers were tapping themselves on the back in a very manly fashion. How right this meme was! Harsh lessons to be learned here! So you want to be a leader ey? A feeling of sadness arose in me, quickly followed by a sense of determination. Determination to write this post,...

19 April 2017 / Agile & Scrum
Agile vs Waterfall in the Star Wars universe

DISCLAIMER: I'm a Trekkie, married to a Warsie, so the science fiction and space opera genres are part of my life. If you haven't seen any of the Star Wars movies, I truly do recommend them and specifically in this order: 4-5-6-1-2-7. There is no episode 3. (Just kidding). Episode 8 will be in theatres by the end of 2017. But let's get to the...

22 February 2017 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
The GO FAR canvas for effective meeting culture

In so many organisations I visit, the same lament continuously seems to surface: "We spend so much time in meetings!". As a coach, when I then try to implement a framework such as Scrum, which defines 5 ceremonies per sprint that each take up their time, without taking into account the team's current situation, I'm already set up to fail. Sometimes teams have lived in this...

2 February 2017 / Leadership & Management
Using the skill matrix in the larger organisation

A while ago I wrote the blogpost: "The 4 levels of the Skill Matrix" (or competency matrix) and gave a hands-on session at XP Days Benelux on how and when to create these. Most of the times, and as I presented for this occasions, we use the skill matrix for identifying knowledge gaps within a team, allowing you to evaluate whether to train, hire, or...

23 December 2016 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
We wish you all the best for 2017!

The whole Co-Learning team joins forces to wish you all the best for 2017! May this year bring you learning, awesome new encounters and a lot of play at work.

7 December 2016 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
Management 3.0 Brown Bag Sessions now available!

Brown Bag session??? I'm sure a lot of you who aren't native English speakers might be wondering what a brown bag session is, so let's start with that. The brown bag refers to the brown paper bag traditionally used to bring a sandwich or other lunch items. To complete the reference, a brown bag session is therefore a short (usually 1 hour) session over lunch or...