Some Problem-Patterns I Look For

I remarked en passant the other day that I never see places where the biggest problem was sprints. Someone asked me what I do often see as the biggest problem when I walk in to a new shop? This gave me a lot of thinks. There are certainly things one sees over and over again. But most of these are…
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Linearity & Non-Linearity & CI

When we talk about software methods, very early on we come to a place where we simply have to develop a comfortable grasp of non-linear effects. So many conversations founder here, where the relationship between two values becomes something other than a more or less straight line on a piece of graph paper. We spend a lot of time talking…
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Sprints vs Pure Pull: GeePaw Takes A Stand

So, there’s a lot going around just now about iterations vs pure pull. I feel like I want to weigh in on this one. I should say at the outset, as a coach the presence or absence of iteration/sprint is not a major outrage for me one way or the other. I routinely encounter sprint-based methods. Somewhat less frequently do…
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Not Trying & The Fabric Of Coaching

We’ve got this long (and still probably partial) list of reasons why people don’t try new things. In recent weeks, i’ve gone pretty far afield around coaching. I picked out four or five threads separately and ran with each, separately. If it seemed a little incoherent to you, well, you know, join the club. Analyzing individual threads isn’t necessarily the…
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Coaching, Facilitating, & Training: Differences & Similarities

A respondent asks about the differences between coaching, training, and facilitation. My answer depends on just how narrowly I treat these things. With a narrow view, they are all quite different. With a wider view, they have many similarities in activity, outcome, and intent. At its narrowest, training speaks to me of formal settings & structure. A person (or usually…
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A Brief Rant On Forcing People

I heard from a coach yesterday, of another coach in a room full of coaches, suggesting that they fire a couple of geeks to wake the rest of the team up to following instructions. (I wasn’t there. It’s possible that this didn’t quite happen, possible it was a joke, possible it was a very junior person, and so on.) This,…
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The Center of Coaching: Human Interaction

We talked about local mission: creating or exploiting openings through which we can step closer to who we wish we were. That’s vague, but vagueness is correct here: it’s an overarching mission, not a specific behavior. Today I want to get a little closer to some specific behaviors. Tho not all the way to nuts and bolts, not quite yet.…
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