Archives: December 19, 2019

Agile Coaching Exchange 80th Session– 7 Years old!!

Last night we hosted the Agile Coaching Exchanges 80th Session. When you think about it, that’s 7 years! Pretty much the whole time I have worked for Ripplerock.

We took the opportunity to celebrate last night along side our usual festive fun. Here are some fun facts about the ACE from our slides last night

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Here are some of the venues who have supported us over the years, with ASOS hosting over 30 sessions!

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So where did it all start?

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Todays ACE Crew (Me, Ben and Vlad)

With our long term sponsor – We worked out how much money we spent on pizza and it is obscene!

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We have had some AWESOME speakers – Thank you so much. We could not do this without you!

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We also have 8!!!!  sister groups in:

  • Vienna
  • ACE:SoCal
  • ACE:MidTN
  • ACE:Atlanta
  • ACE: Silcon Valley
  • ACE: Dallas
  • ACE: Chicargo
  • ACE: New York

No other group has that feature Smile 

It has been an amazing ride and we have met soooo many fantastic people along the way. Many of them who are still regulars today.

For me meet ups are invaluable. They provide a free community event where people can come to learn about different things, that will help them and their organisations evolve. Not everyone has the luxury of an Agile coach, and so these are their life line of knowledge and support.

I believe that if you do good things, good things will happen to you. I hope that all these Agile people of the future continue to pay it forward for generations to come.

I am extremely proud of the Agile Coaching Exchange and will continue as long as there is a need.

Finally I want to say thank you to Vlad and Ben for being the best co-organisers for many many years.

Merry Christmas from the Agile Coaching Exchange

xxx

Here are a few snaps from last nights fun

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Wheel of Retrospection

I was asked to run a retrospective this week for a team that needed something a little more light hearted. Been a tough kind of month!

Most of the teams in my current client have a distributed element, be it people in another location or flexibility to home work.  So I needed to come up with something that would work and be fun!

My scan of the online retro tools was very disappointing, most of them just looked like a trello board with headings of retros from 10 years ago. After 10 years in the business and a highly creative streak I needed something more than these!

So I thought what would be fun, simple, light hearted and something that can be run across sites.

I often use the tool : https://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/index.php  to run competitions and thought I could incorporate it some how. So I thought I could create topics on the wheel and then associated questions with it. I want the team to bond and so many of my questions were about getting to know each other.

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The tool is funny as it makes a round of applause every time the wheel stops.

Here are the questions I used:

Get To Know You

  • What is your favourite colour?
  • What was your nick name at school?
  • How many siblings do you have?
  • What is your secret super power?
  • What is your favourite food?
  • If you could have one wish, what would it be?
  • Favourite movie?
  • Favourite Band?
  • Tell is something about you that no one else knows

Thought Provoker

  • Would you rather sit in a bath of Beans or Peas?
  • Would you rather put your hand in a bowl of spiders or cockroaches?
  • What three items would you take to a dessert island?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Wild Card

  • Can you rub your head and tummy at the same time?
  • ·Share with the group your favourite party trick
  • Show some one the last photo you took
  • What will your new years resolutions be this year?
  • Can you sing your home countries national anthem?

Something Good

  • What do you think the team does really well?
  • What do you think was our biggest achievement this year?
  • If you could say thank you to anyone in the team, who would it be and for what?
  • What do you love about working in this team?

Something To Improve

  • Name one thing the team could do to improve?
  • What was our biggest mistake this year?
  • What do you think the team is lacking?
  • If you had one wish to change something, what would it be?

Personally I loved it when we had the Russian and the Romanian national anthem sung. 

I then finished up the group by getting everyone to say thank you to each other for something that they are grateful for. We often focus on the improvements, but it is important to share the good as well. Gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

So a very simple and fun retrospective that got everyone in the team buzzing. I certainly know more about them now, and that can only but help team cohesion and fun.

Merry Christmas

xx


The Mega Dojo ..

I have been running a coaching programme with my latest client for about 7 months now and it has been going down very well.  These aren’t new things as I have been running them for a while in my previous places.  Take a look at a previous blog on the subject if you want to know more. Though I have changed the curriculum and added more things in over time. These are a great source of enjoyment for me and it warms my heart when I hear old coachees have been taking this programme to their new places of work. My legacy lives on! <Hums the titanic theme tune>

So my latest programme was coming to a close and feeling festive I wanted to get the Delivery Manager community together to do something fun. I don’t need an excuse for this if I am honest. Even my boyfriend says that I always seem to get to do the cool stuff. So I came up with the idea of a MEGA dojo… for the full effect you have to do a dramatic voice and put in an echo.  THE MEGA DOJO  <dojo dojo dojo>  You get the picture.

So I invited all the delivery managers to London and planned the session with a great coach called Tom Bray here at my current client.

Our Agenda was:

  • Welcome – Naturally a motivational speech from moi Smile
  • Getting to know you ice breaker  – We did unknown fact and what you would do with this object. The object was a little brown bag. Looked like santas sack to me
  • Break out groups to draw me what is a ‘Coach’ along with skills and attributes – We covered this in the programme and so was a refresher
  • Call out all the techniques we have learnt – Again this was to get them to think about how far they have come

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  • Dojo One – A 45 minute session where they could practice any of the techniques on each other in triads.
  • Dojo Two – A further 45 minute timeboxes with different people

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  • We then closed it up with Clean feedback. This was important as in the Chapter Health check they said we don’t take time to give each other feedback. So we used the final 15 minutes of the session giving each other positive or negative clean feedback. This is so important in any community.  One I received certainly made me feel valued.

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The feedback was resoundingly positive and just what we needed as a community.  I am super excited for 2020 as I am now looking to hand over the programme to a couple of talented coaches here. Plus I want to offer it wider to anyone who wants to learn.  This was just the cherry on the cake to see how far they had come.

Naturally any team day is followed by the celebratory 2 hour lunch.

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Love these Agile Delivery Managers – Such an awesome bunch!

So that’s it from me, just wanted to share  cool things I have been doing.  I’ll tell you about my other cool thing around insights soon.

Merry Christmas

xx


Christmas Retrospective – Pass the Parcel

Tis the season to be jolly..fa la la la laaaa, laaa la la la!

It is certainly starting to feel like Christmas now and it makes me want to do really fun things.   Christmas is my absolute favourite as everyone is happy and everything is twinkly and sparkly.

At the weekend I went festive wreath making and I really enjoyed it. Thank you to my good friend Lois who bought me this activity as a treat.

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In other news,  a few of us were hosting a festive guild last week and we decided to bring back the party classic pass the parcel.

The premise being we wrap loads of cool prizes with questions and then press play on spotify Smile  

We wrapped:

  • Haribos (Veggie and none veggie)
  • Big ole bar of diary milk
  • 2 packs of planning poker cards
  • Barefoot everyday coaching cards
  • Turn the ship around book

The questions were themed around the Agile Guild and how we could make it better. They were:

  • What could we help you with, for you to be able to attend Agile Guild sessions?
  • Are the sessions too frequent?
  • Is there a better way we could communicate information on the Agile guild sessions out to you?
  • If you could choose a topic for a guild session in the new year, what would it be and why?
  • What can we do to make the Agile Guild better?


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To add more complexity my client is split across two sites and so we had to be really creative and have the same parcels in both locations and co-ordinate the music. It all got very rowdy, which is my favourite type of session.

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All in all everyone seemed to have fun, and who doesn’t like getting a prize Smile Thomas even said this was the best guild ever!

The fun didn’t stop there though.  We threw in an Agile quiz for good measures..even I struggled to answer some of the Scrum ones!  There was two questions in particular that made the group kick off and we had to cool their boots Smile  Maybe another guild session to answer those bad boys! I think it’s more to do with the phrasing than anything.

So a quick and simple idea that you can play with your teams that is different to the ‘normal’ retrospectives. You don’t have to have flashy prizes, simples sweet treats will do.

Merry Christmas Everyone.