Category: Work is Play

22 May 2019 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
Go Fish! A philosophy for being an outstanding team member.

Tuesday morning. 5AM. Alarm clock goes off. Some clouds in the sky. Driving my son to the swimming pool so he can start his training at 5:45 sharp. Continuing the drive towards a client to facilitate a training. 6:45 Traffic jam. Drizzle. 7:45 arrived. 9:00 Training to be started. Not all participants arrived. Waiting for another 5 minutes. Kick-off. Now, it was a great day....

17 April 2019 / Agile & Scrum
What if you would Ask Your Team? Invitation based change

Senior management announces “we go agile”, and nobody in your team has any clue why or how. Sounds familiar? Of course they are right. They are the leaders. They should know the way forward. No? Probably they have heard from another company X, probably even of one of their colleagues/friends in their (LinkedIN) network, that framework Y works - Spotify is very popular these days...

3 April 2019 / Agile & Scrum
Estimating a backlog of 100 items in 1 hour? Challenge accepted.

The situation The agile team was working in a still mostly project-based environment. Over the period of several months, they had created backlog items, both with nice business value and also items to get rid of some technical debt they had piled up, getting to a situation where they had about 125 backlog items, of which only a dozen were estimated and refined, ready for...

20 March 2019 / Agile & Scrum
How LEGO® can help you facilitate self-designing teams

Yes, you read that correctly: we’ll use LEGO® to support people in designing their own team structure(s). As Einstein once said: “Play is the highest form of research”. What you want people to do when designing their own teams is to research different possibilities, and decide on the best setup for them to accomplish their mission. Giving people the space to create their own team...

13 March 2019 / Agile & Scrum
Delegation: the boundaries of self-organisation

We've all heard the stories, or even lived them: a company moves towards self-organising team structures, and there you go, the team should self-organise! What you usually see is that the teams either freeze or go wild, with a sad manager observing the train wreck, complaining they are not allowed to interfere or saying things like: "See! I knew we shouldn't have given them all...

27 February 2019 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
How to come to an inviting Theme for your Open Space?

Open Space Agility (OSA) is a repeatable technique for getting a lasting agile adoption. By focusing on employee engagement, a leader can expect a genuine and lasting agile transformation with much higher employee engagement and more predictable, reliable and repeatable improvement overall. To initiate the OSA process, Open Space is the centerpiece. In this blog post I share how I recently facilitated a team defining...