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Developing teams takes communication and perspective

  Special Collaboration Diane Musho Hamilton, Co-founder of Ten Directions Diane Musho Hamilton is a gifted mediator, facilitator, teacher of Zen and author. She is an innovator in dialogues about culture, religion, race and gender relations. She is a core member of the Integral Institute and has been deepening individual …

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Self-Organization is not “Laissez-Faire”

Imagine the following conversation between three Agile transformation leaders at a conference panel discussion: Mr. Black: “We have decided to get rid of command and control. We will let teams self-organize so they can decide themselves how they want to be Agile. We expect great results from this hands-off management …

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Being Agile beyond Scrum

Like many of us, I started my Agile journey by looking at the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. With my team, we decided we’d try our hands at Scrum. The guide seemed quite clear, it made sense, and furthermore it seemed pretty lightweight compared to our usual project management methodologies. …

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A moment together on ‘The Alchemical Terrace’

Writing has always been a task I find difficult and writing this post is no exception! I write a few lines (actually, often only one) and a critic comes to my mind. I have a tendency to give a lot of credit to this criticism and I want to immediately …

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Recognizing a group/team in the Storming phase

This article was initialy published on You are about to read the third article of the second workbook of the “Agile Teams from Forming to Performing series” titled “Storming Agile Teams“, which contains the first tool that I would propose you to use, to help with identifying a group/team …

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The Value of Values

As with most people, my earliest values were created by my parents and the education system. Learning to share, to dress and speak appropriately, to raise my hand in class and otherwise to fit in, are lessons every child learns. It is an unconscious act really, and if anyone were …

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The Agilist and the Artist

I believe that we subconsciously apply Lean and Agile Methodologies every day of our lives and I can only imagine where we could go if we learned to apply the principles intentionally.  I believe in improvement for Everyone. I want to be the “Everyday Agilist”. I have recently moved to …

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When should you let the team fail?

“From now on, we should only communicate by email so we won’t get disturbed unnecessarily and we’ll be able to focus on the code.” We’re in a sprint retrospective. This proposal comes from one of the Scrum team’s developers. It’s quickly applauded by other developers. Even the other members of …

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Animate your meetings with Graphic Facilitation

Why write about Graphic Facilitation when everything we need is a drawing? Indeed, I could have made an illustration to explain how to animate your meetings and present the advantages of this practice, but since Google has not yet introduced SEO for pictures, I will write down a bit around …

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How to engage your team by using the right language

   This article was initialy published on Leaders and managers don’t always realize the impact of their language when talking with their teams. You can do many things with language, from empowering people to generating new possibilities. However, language can also create disengagement and dissent when wielded ineffectively. Language has a lot …