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Coaching, Coding and Learning By George Evjen July 2016 Entries
Coaching Agile Teams - 6
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Coaching Product Owners on Running their Business Agile frameworks teach us to harp on business value delivered. We hold business value delivered as the one and only measure of progress and value. Product owners need short term goals to act as a stepping stone toward business value. Business value micro-definitions. Goals on the ground level that determine where the product owner points the team - sprint after sprint Expresses the next critical ......

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2016 8:36 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 5
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Team' By Lyssa Adkins Coaching at the Very Beginning The coaching intervention at the beginning of the teams first sprint together sets the tone for much of what follows Coaching intervention as the team start-up, teaching the team about the agile framework to be used Teaching them about the vision of the project and the work ahead. Coaching in the Middle In the middle of the sprint, coaching at the whole team level quites down. As a simple, lightweight conversation ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:04 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 4
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Let Your Style Change How long has it taken you to master tai chi? - I don’t know yet, im still practicing. How did it take you to become a master coach? I don’t know yet, im still practicing. Agile Team Stages One good model for mastering anything comes from martial arts. Three stages of proficiency Shu Shu: student copies the techniques as taught without modification and without yet attempting to understand rationale. Follow the rule, again, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:33 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 3
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Will You Respond Intelligently? EQ - Emotional Intelligence Quotient. The more skilled you become at mastering yourself - the more self-organized and self-monitoring the teams will be. With conflict, language, servant leadership, and emotional intelligence - notice your knee-jerk reaction and decide what to do with it. Recover from Command and Control-ism Command and control is certainly describe someone you will coach Get comfortable with these ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2016 10:19 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 2
Book Notes from Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa AdkinsExpect High Performance Teams often get the basics of agile running within the first few sprints. Need to see different signposts and landmarks along the way indicating progress toward something resonant and worthwhile This something is the quest for high performance -its the daily act of, together striving to be the best they can be. Set the Expectation Expecting high performance does not mean that you demand it. Achieving it is more than possible ......

Posted On Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:09 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 1
Book Notes From: "Coaching Agile Teams" By Lyssa AdkinsWill I Be a Good Coach? Nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of agile done well. Project management was serious business - project managers orchestrated the working of the whole machine. Mental model of project management was outdated. First week - had produced real work. - that would have taken us months to do in the past. If agile teams are going to have these kinds of stellar experiences with agile - they need coaches who can provide ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2016 4:37 PM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 12
Book Notes From: 'Scrum: Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time' By Jeff Sutherland Here's What You Do Tomorrow First step - put together a backlog and a team Think about the vision you have for your product or service - start breaking things down to execute that vision Always keep one eye on the backlog Put together a road map of where you think things are going. This type of planning - create transparency within the organization. The key message is that everything is being done in the open. Know ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2016 8:32 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 11
Book Notes From: 'Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time' By Jeff Sutherland Observe, Orient, Decide, Act Designed Scrum to allow a Product Owner to make decisions quickly, based on real-time feedback. By getting constant input from whoever is getting value from what you're doing. You're in a position to constantly adjust your strategy and more quickly succeed. The idea goes by the name OODA Observe : its clearly seeing the situation as it unfolds Moving outside of yourself to see ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:57 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 10
Book Notes from 'Scrum: Doing Twice the work in Half the Time' By Jeff Sutherland Pop the Happy Bubble One thing that happiness is not - is complacency. Christa Foley - at Zappos : I love coming to work, rather than encouraging you to become complacent, our positive and uplifting culture makes you work harder. They want people who use joy as a driver. That the only route to employee happiness is a sense of fulfillment resulting from an important job done well. Helping them achieve great things. What ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:03 PM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 9
Book Notes from 'Scrum Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time' By Jeff SutherlandHappiness People want to be happy Thomas Jefferson - Pursuits do seem to be what make us happy Mountain climbers seem unable to stop themselves - challenging peak after peak, seeking joy in pursuit of the next summit. Most cultures are not set up to reward or encourage that specific type of happiness. Book - Happier by Ben-Shahar 'we are not rewarded for enjoying the journey itself but for the successful completion of ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:07 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 8
Book Notes: 'Scrum The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time' By Jeff Sutherland Size Does Matter, but Only Relatively You have your list, you have prioritized the list Now you have to figure out just how much effort, time and money the project will take. We are horrible at estimating time - but pretty good at comparing one thing to another. Assigned 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 Fibonacci Sequence - its all around us. If one person estimates something as a five, and another person an eight - we can ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2016 3:15 PM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 7
Book Notes from 'Scrum - The Art of Doing Twice the work in half the time' By Jeff SutherlandWorking Too Hard Makes More Work Jon Katzenbach - head of Katzenbach Center at Booz Allen Hamilton Work too long, and you get less done. Work fewer hours - isnt that slacking off. Scott Maxwell - founder of venture capital firm Open View Venture Partners Open View discovered how people actually work instead of how they say they work. The peak of productivity actually falls at a little bit less than forty ......

Posted On Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:50 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 6
Book Notes from 'Scrum - The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time' By Jeff SutherlandTime and Time Again What makes Scrum so revolutionary. You get more stuff done - faster and cheaper - twice the work in half the time. Eelco - redid his house in 6 weeks Decided to make the contractors use Scrum They had weekly projects they had to move to Done They had a board full of sticky notes listing out the tasks to be completed. It made them think and communicate about the project in a different way ......

Posted On Saturday, July 16, 2016 8:39 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 5
Book Notes From 'Scrum - Getting Twice the work done in half the time' By Jeff SutherlandDon’t Hate the Player - Hate the Game Low team morale, cohesion, and productivity are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how humans work. Have you been with a group confronting a problem and the first thing that everyone does is try to fix blame When you are blaming someone - you're finding fault with them personally, When you are being blamed - you're much more aware of the situational factors that led ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2016 4:26 PM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 4
Book Notes from 'Scrum The Art Of Doing Twice the Work in Half The Time' - By Jeff SutherlandScrum at War One of the most dramatic examples of cross-functional teams - military / Special Forces Each team has all the capabilities to carry out their mission from start to finish. Unlike the regular military - they don’t separate intelligence gathering and operations planning. General Stanley McChrystal Collaborative Warefare Cross-functional teams from across the entire US government to target and disrupt ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:22 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 3
Book Notes from 'Scrum, The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time' By Jeff SutherlandTeams Teams are what get things done in the world of work. Teams are what make the world go round - and they're what scrum is based on. If you're a manager, it seems that you want to hire not just the workers who earn an A - but those who earn them in the shortest amount of time. If the best team could perform a task in one week - how long would it take the worst team? Yale study is 10:1 The actual answer ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:28 AM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 2
Book notes from: Scrum, the Art of doing twice the work in half the time. By Jeff Sutherland Whenever people are involved in a complex, creative effort - traditional management methods simply break apart. The launch of Healthcare.gov The front end was beautiful - perfect, it was completed in three months with scrum. The back end - was a debacle. They planned it with waterfall techniques. They only tested the site at the end for a few days. What Scrum does is bring teams together to create great things, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2016 6:49 PM

Scrum - Doing Twice the work in half the time - 1
Book Notes from 'Scrum The art of doing twice the work in half the time' - By Jeff SutherlandFBI - Software development story After 9/11 turned into one of the biggest software debacles of all time. CIO - Chad Fulgham : FBI 9/11 Commission couldn’t get access to the very information they were supposed to analyze. The report singled out lack of technical logical sophistication The key reason failed prior to 9/11 - The FBI's information systems were woefully inadequate. The FBI lacked the ability to ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2016 8:34 PM

Essentialism - G. McKeown : Eliminate, Clarify & Dare
Book Notes - Essentialism - By Greg McKeownEliminate How Can We Cut Out the Trivial Many? It is not enough to simply determine which activities and efforts don’t make the best possible contribution. You still have to actively eliminate those that do not. How you eliminate nonessentials so you can make the higher level of contribution toward the things that are actually vital. If I didn’t have this opportunity - what would I be willing to do to acquire it? The question you should be asking yourself ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:44 PM

Essentialism - G. McKeown 6
Book notes from Essentialism by Greg McKeownSleep No employee is expected to drive to work after a red eye flight Come in late after staying late at work the night before. Companies and leaders like these know that 'protecting your assets' is a matter of fiduciary responsibility Google to take a nap in one of their famous nap pods. Our highest priority is the protect our ability to prioritize. To discern the essential few from the many trivial, mediocre or even the good. By definition this is a process ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2016 1:19 PM

Essentialism - G. McKeown 5
Book notes from Essentialism by Greg McKeownPlay Embrace the Wisdom of Your Inner Child When we get older something happens. We are introduced to the idea that play is trivial. Play is a waste of time, play is unnecessary. Play is childish The Industrial Revolution - has removed leisure and much of the pleasure out of learning. Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. Some companies and executives give lip service to the value of play in sparking creativity. Create the kind of ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 8:39 AM

Essentialism - G. McKeown 4
Book notes from 'Essentialism' by Greg McKeownExploring Essentialist will commit and go big Five practices for Exploring what is essential 'Of course I'd love to be able to set aside time on the calendar simply to think, but it's a luxury we can't afford right now' If you believe that being overextended is evidence of productivity, then you probably believe that creating space to explore, think, and reflect should be kept to a minimum. Escape The Perks of Being Unavailable. 'I think that it's critical ......

Posted On Monday, July 4, 2016 8:22 AM

Essentialism - G. McKeown 3
Notes from Greg McKeown's book 'essentialism' Discern The Unimportance of Practically Everything 'Most of what exists in the university - our actions, and all other forces, resources and ideas - has very little value and yields little results; on the other hand, a few things work fantastically well and have tremendous impact' - Richard Koch Do setbacks often only strengthen our resolve to work longer and harder? For capable people who are already working hard, are there limits to the value of hard ......

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:50 AM

Essentialism - G. McKeown 2
Although not technical, this is a great book for managers and developers as they consider productivity of a group and themselves. In business we all want a successful outcome, but what are the best ways in getting there. I believe that it starts with your employees, not the product or the customer. Get your employees to buy in, to believe in the process to feel good about their contribution to the outcome, to feel they are appreciated and valued. This book and the notes below start to uncover some ......

Posted On Saturday, July 2, 2016 8:39 AM

First Blog Post -
Half of my life I spent coaching college basketball the rest of my time I have spent in software development. I have attempted that frequently transitioned path from jock to geek and feel I have crossed over well. Although I do still consider myself a coach I have found my team now being a six and seven year old that are struggling to hold a follow through on their jump shots. I am still using the tools of a coach in working to 'win the day' - doing things today that will help prepare me for things ......

Posted On Friday, July 1, 2016 6:30 PM

Essentialism - G. McKeown 1
These are my notes for the book 'Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The bulleted items are extracted from the book - and anything I may throw in has been italicized. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Rushing from one meeting and conference call to another - trying to please everyone - trying to get it all done Stress levels go up and quality goes down Majoring in minor activities. I remember from my coaching days I sat down and had lunch ......

Posted On Friday, July 1, 2016 6:01 PM

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