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CT Newsletter No 1 of 2021

CT Newsletter No 1 of 2021

Upcoming events, conversational dojos, and 2020 resources. We're glad to have you here—keep talking!

Our Intentions for 2021

Our Intentions for 2021

After last week's episode on ahas in 2020, we describe what we're planning to do to help people do the work, move faster, and be productive

Our Biggest A-ha's of 2020

Our Biggest A-ha's of 2020

We describe our big ahas of a weird and somehow still educational year, including insights on productivity, deliberate practise, and speed of change.

Giving 110% - of couse!

Giving 110% - of couse!

Squirrel and Jeffrey deconstruct the defensive reasoning behind planning 110% of velocity in each sprint.

The Impossible Question

The Impossible Question

Squirrel tells the story of a client who was asked an impossible question about agile team productivity, and we explore why such impossible questions are actually valuable and worth investigating with curiosity.

Fear and Normalization of Deviance

Fear and Normalization of Deviance

A listener asks us to explain the link between "normalisation of deviance" and fear. Using examples like an agile team dropping its retrospectives, or NASA launching the Space Shuttle in too-cold conditions, we illustrate how being afraid can drive a group away from its espoused norms and toward dangerous alternatives, and conversely how you can use examples of "normalised deviance" to find and mitigate hidden fears

Yes, And...

Yes, And...

Squirrel tells the story of an agile team faced with seemingly irresistible demands, and describes how switching to the "Yes, And" stance (originating from improvisational theatre) helped them find a solution that worked for everyone.

Alistair Cockburn: Motherhood, Apple Pie, and Collaboration Cards

Alistair Cockburn: Motherhood, Apple Pie, and Collaboration Cards

We look at two elements - Collaboration and Reflection - of the Heart of Agile approach developed by our friend Alistair Cockburn, and illustrate how conscious and attentive listening and reflection on emotions make a big difference for agile teams.

Customers From Pluto

Customers From Pluto

Squirrel is gobsmacked by user stories that appear to be about aliens.

The Liberated Elephant with Jessica Katz

The Liberated Elephant with Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz is an agile coach who uses curiosity and conversational skills to help agile teams perform better. She explains why you need to liberate the elephant in the room and how you can do that.

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