Blog

Learn How Difficult Conversations Unlock Successful Digital, Agile, Devops and Lean Transformations

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.

Changing Behaviour

Changing Behaviour

Jeffrey is inspired by Jon Smart and the DOES Virtual conference to discuss homeostasis as a source of resistance to change, and Squirrel tells a client story about curiosity as a way to help a complex system adapt.

From Taylor to Toyota

From Taylor to Toyota

This week we look at a similar revolution in democratising innovation and creating a learning organisation.

In Praise of Taylor

In Praise of Taylor

Frederick Taylor gets a bad rap - even from us, but in the right circumstances, we believe his ideas have a lot of value.

Conversational Dojos

Conversational Dojos

Both of us learned to improve our conversations through regular practise with others - and today we describe how you can do that too.

How to Stop

How to Stop "Harping"

One of Squirrel's clients finds herself "harping on" a particular point in her technical team, and is frustrated that behaviour doesn't change.

Your Team is Bigger Than You Think

Your Team is Bigger Than You Think

Reacting to an insightful comment from Elisabeth Hendrickson, Squirrel and Jeffrey have a minor tussle over how to interpret the idea of "reflecting and adapting".

A Horrible Story

A Horrible Story

A client tells Squirrel about a "horrible" meeting where his team accused him of pushing them to overwork and take shortcuts, but we discover it was actually a great breakthrough.

Agile Marie Kondo: The Shoe Principle

Agile Marie Kondo: The Shoe Principle

The Shoe Principle says that if you buy a pair of shoes, you have to get rid of one. Like Marie Kondo, we suggest asking whether each team activity "sparks joy"

The Two-Shirt Solution For Agile Chaos

The Two-Shirt Solution For Agile Chaos

Squirrel describes two shirts he makes for clients, the How Shirt and the What Shirt, that provide a brief and memorable description of the roles of a technical leader and a product leader respectively.

© Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick. All rights reserved.