Guest blogging @ 5 why’s

Roy Osherove has asked me if I wanted to blog some guest posts on his 5 why’s blog on the Core protocols.

This link should give you all the post’s I’m blogging there.


I  am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can reach me at blog at my training company .net or follow me on Twitter

Tired of long meetings without decisions?

I have moved this post to my new blog

http://www.hanoulle.be/2009/10/tired-of-long-meetings-without-decisions/

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The slides of my talk at AgileEE: Tips for creating a self-organizing team

I have moved this post to my new blog:

https://paircoaching.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/the-slides-of-my-talk-at-agileee/

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Rally Chalk Talk: The daily meeting

My three questions:

1 What have I finished yesterday.

2 What do I commit to finish today

3 Where do I need help?

==>So these are a little bit different as the ones from Jean.

I don’t make the link between what I promised yesterday and what I have done yesterday. Because it might be that I have done something totally different. If it is there is a smell. I could answer her question and not talk about other stuff I have done. (Difficult to know Jean’s idea in a 4 minute video).
My question also does not tackle the smell directly. It does offer the team to react if what is said yesterday and today is not in sync.

With 2, I completely agree with Jean. It’s about commitment, not just about what will I try to do. I’ m only interested in what you want to finish today.

My 3 is bigger then Jean’s. I don’t need to be stuck to need help. Actually I want team members to ask quicker for help. Before they actually get stuck.

Also it avoids the difficult definition of ‘stuck’. (Some people only see them selfs stuck when they don’t find a solution for a week…)

Next to that I agree completely with Jean. If you want more advice like that, read her great book about facilitating an agile team:

Collaboration Explained

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can mail me: blog at my training company  .net

A new BootCamp is on it’s way

Almost a year after the last European BootCamp I’m organizing another one.

In my (obviously biased) opinion, BootCamp is the best way to learn how to create team’s.
Jim & Michele McCarthy started doing Bootcamps when they left Microsoft, now 15 years ago.

The idea was to create a course were people would learn how to create a team. They did that in an experimental way. The students would not be instructed, they were asked to deliver a project by the end of the week. Sometimes the students were an existing team, sometimes hey had never met.

During the first few Bootcamps, they noticed that the students came up with a lot of similar idea’s on how to create a team. So Jim & Michele started writing down these idea’s. And they gave these idea’s to he next team.

They have now done this for 15 years.
This resulted in a few things

  • One is the free download of the Core Protocols.
  • The other is he manual of BootCamp and BootCamp itself.
  • There also is a Coaches and a Trainer manual. This makes it possible to reproduce BootCamp.

I was part of 5 one week BootCamps. In each of these I saw a team that by the end of the week had a shared vision and was delivering on time.

Typically students do 3 or more iterations during a BootCamp. The first one they might miss or they might deliver something not great. Every bootcamp I was part of (as a student, coach or instructor), by the end of the week, the students were one team and they delivered a great product on time.

I know it is hard to believe. It is also something that is hard to explain. I just know that if you use the Core Protocols, you end up with a great team.

As the Core is free, you can do that on your own. I needed a bootcamp to have the courage to start using them.
So this next bootcamp offers you the possibility to learn how I create teams.

So open up your agenda, free up 11 till 16 October 2009.
And subscribe on the PairCoaching.net website.

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project coach and you can mail me: blog at my training company  .net

Poster of the Core protocols

From a core protocols user, Dave Rahardja:

I wanted an quick reference to the core commitments and protocols in a format that I can pin up on my cubicle wall, so I created a 6-page “poster” containing the Core Commitments and Draft 3.02 Core Protocols.

http://www.humancode.us/files-1/files/Core%20Poster.pdf

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project Coach and you can reach me @ Yves at my agile training company .net

 

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Next BootCamp coming up in just a few weeks: Nova Scotia

With all the buzz about Agile 2008, I almost forgot to tell people about the next Bootcamp coming up.

The next BootCamp is in Nova Scotia from 17 till 22 august.

I am Yves Hanoulle, your virtual Project Coach and you can reach me @ Yves at my agile training company .net