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20 Polite Ways To Say "No"

From speaking to many people, it seems that saying "no" is very hard for a lot of us. How can you say no without ruining a relationship?

A Coach Should Be Compassionately Ruthless

Should a coach push you past your assumed limitations or should they accept you for what you are? Or both?

Agile Doesn't Work!

To be agile, or not to be agile...that is the question! While I am a strong advocate of an agile approach, there are also times when the context or project is not suited to agile.

Asking Permission vs. Inflicting Help

One of the most insightful people I know - Esther Derby - introduced a phrase to me a while ago that really resonated with me - "Inflicting help".

Beware of the White Knight

A ScrumMaster is a servant-leader and their responsibilities include ensuring the team is able to do what they need to do. They facilitate the Scrum process and also the team.

Blamestorming - Who's Accountable In Scrum?

One of the things about Scrum that many organisations find uncomfortable is the concept of accountability. Who do we hold accountable for this piece of work if things don't go well?

Face to Face is Back!

If you're fed up of Zoom & Teams calls then rejoice because now you can get back to learning and chatting to real 3D human beings again!

How To Use Coaching In An Agile Team

If you're looking to create a more self-organising, resilient and pro-active culture in your team or organisation, a coaching approach would be a useful tool to have in your leadership toolbox

Impostor Syndrome: You're Not The Only One

"Everyone else is better than me. I'm not as good as people think I am and I'm going to get found out" Do you ever feel like you're so close to being found out as an impostor? You're not the only one.

Simplicity in an Ever Increasingly Complicated World

Slides from Geoff's keynote talk at SUGSA Regional Scrum Gathering in Cape Town May 2021 on the topic of Simplicity

Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Agile Retrospectives Fun Again!

Re-energise your retrospectives! From changing the location, to introducing some play, to encouraging healthy conflict, these ten tips are easy to action and will bring some fun back into your retrosp

To Lead Is To Accept and Improve

How do we reconcile two positive but conflicting messages about being perfect just as we are but also fulfilling our unlimited potential?

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