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Thrashing vs Focus

Thrashing vs Focus

Squirrel describes a client of his that is "thrashing"—trying to do so many different things that they aren't getting anything finished.

Handling Negative Emotions Safely

Handling Negative Emotions Safely

A reader points out that our example conversations often show people masking emotions, but we don't say as much about what to do when someone is being rude or when you yourself feel your emotions are out of control.

User Stories Gone Wrong

User Stories Gone Wrong

We respond to an article on user stories that has some good points (user stories are prompts for conversations) and, in our view, misses the mark on others.

Clarke the Bottleneck Guy

Clarke the Bottleneck Guy

Clarke Ching explains why bottlenecks are important, why your developers should always be your bottleneck, and how to explain the theory of constraints using a herd of buffalo.

Undoing IT Silos

Undoing IT Silos

How do we end up with so many walls and so little communication?

CT Newsletter No 7 of 2020

CT Newsletter No 7 of 2020

Upcoming events, new transcripts, and latest podcasts. We're glad to have you here—keep talking!

CT Newsletter No 6 of 2020

CT Newsletter No 6 of 2020

Upcoming events, new transcripts, and latest podcasts. We're glad to have you here—keep talking!

CT Newsletter No 5 of 2020

CT Newsletter No 5 of 2020

Book launched! It was a very busy May and will be an even busier June. We're glad to have you here—keep talking!

The Road to Agile Conversations

The Road to Agile Conversations

We reflect on how we struggled with agile adoption and accountability in our teams and how we learnt to study and improve our conversations.

Team Topologies

Team Topologies

We reach into the archives for an interview with Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, authors of the definitive guide to optimizing software team structures: Team Topologies.

Pandemic Productivity

Pandemic Productivity

What we're doing these days is not "remote working"—we have people ill, kids at home, and no option to work from a cafe.

Missing Affordances for Remote Working

Missing Affordances for Remote Working

Switching to remote working means big shifts in the communication patterns of our teams, and the tools we use to do that make some things harder and others easier—they have different "affordances".

Do Release On Fridays

Do Release On Fridays

When a client tells Squirrel "of course there are no releases on Fridays", it's a red rag to a bull.

Gaining Emotional Awareness

Gaining Emotional Awareness

Following up from last week, we propose some ways to become emotionally aware, which we argue again is a key skill for success in an agile team.

Expensive Conversations

Expensive Conversations

Are people in your organisation skilled at transparency and curiosity, and do they use those skills in these expensive meetings?

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