How will physical safety impact and affect the psychological safety equity built up over time within our teams? Will psychological safety become a casualty of physical safety? I had a chance to ask these questions and more at a recent virtual Toronto Open Space. I proposed a session titled “The Death of Psychological Safety” [...]
“I thought I was playing unconscious, but Borg beat me 6-4, 7-6 tonight, and he is in what we call the zone. (That comes originally from “twilight zone” and translates, more or less, into “another world.”) The kid has no concept of what he is doing out there—he is just swinging away and the balls … Continue reading What Will Flow Look Like Post Pandemic?
“When pigs fly.” According to Wikipedia, this phrase is known as an adynaton - a figure of speech so bizarre that it describes an impossibility. Here are some more examples of adynatons: “It’s raining cats and dogs” “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” “If my significant other catches me, I’m dead!” All adynaton … Continue reading When Will Chickens Become Pigs?
“It’s just basically a failure to adapt to the battlefield as the battlefield changes that has left us really flat-footed.” – David Fisman, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Toronto. During this protracted period of COVID-19, it goes without saying that we are living in interesting and uncertain times. Not only more so than ever before, … Continue reading What Kinda Feet Do You Have?
“No fire fighter ever got criticized for using too much water” – Stephen Poloz. Like the tree that falls in the forest when nobody is around to hear it, if we speak into our microphones while we’re teleworking from home and nobody responds, did we actually say anything? Or, were we just on mute? 🤐 … Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as Over-Communicating?
“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity” – Dalai Lama. When my kids were young, they had much to share whether I asked or not. Barely pausing to take a breath between sentences. Their run-on sentences describing the day’s events were kind of like a kaleidoscope of thoughts and … Continue reading What Happens When Transparency Starts to Slip Away?
"You can tell a lot about a person by what's on their playlist" – Mark Ruffalo. Do you have agile managers? There’s an uneasiness in the Agile cosmos. I feel it every time I see the tentative look on the faces of managers supporting Agile ways of working. Most times, a “deer in the headlights” … Continue reading Stop Asking Managers to Stop Managing
“New land is harsh, and vigorous, and sturdy. It scorns evidence of weakness. There is nothing of sham or hypocrisy in it. It is what it is, without an apology.” – J.E. Lawrence What is Open Space? The first time I attended an Agile community event using Open Space Technology, I remember thinking, “Wow! This … Continue reading The Merits of Open Space Thinking in Everyday Life
Are the rumours of Agile's death greatly exaggerated? Akin to Darwin’s “survival of the fittest”, has Agile simply evolved, adapted and morphed true to its namesake? #YourAgile may be dead but for others, #TheirAgile isn't. It has yet to see the light of day [...]
As an Agile coach, how long should one stay in an engagement to avoid turning into a pickle and yet still find butterflies and unicorns to carry on? [...]