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How to Interview A Scrum Master

One of the common questions that we get at agilityIRL is, “How do we find good Scrum Masters?” One of the crucial steps in hiring for any role is the interview. In this blog, I want to provide you with some of my favorite Scrum Master interview questions and techniques. This entry is not intended...
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Making Yours a Great Place to Work – Part 3

Trust Among Co-Workers, Especially Among Management and Staff Third is trust. Communication is easy; trust is hard. I’ll bet next week’s grocery money that someone who you know and trust may have fumbled their communication about something to you, yet, because there was high trust between you, you still got their meaning.     The...
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Making Yours a Great Place to Work – Part 1

The Covid-19 pandemic has cast into stark relief the fact that, in this increasingly VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world, THE key to competitive advantage is the organization’s culture. So, what makes someplace a great place to work? Based on my experience, there are five things. And I don’t care what kind of organization...
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Never Give Up on People – A Message from Ben Franklin and the Surgeon General

As we begin Summer 2022, COVID continues to occupy a significant portion of our time and attention. While vaccines, therapies, and drugs have all had a significant impact on hospitalizations and fatalities, the disease remains a significant threat to many, particularly those who are immunocompromised. While a full description and debate of the successes and...
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The Ball is the Program

Happy New Year!  We hope that your holiday season was spent with family and friends and that you were able to reflect on everything you accomplished in 2021 while planning for an outstanding 2022. As many of you know, I am a football fan and, as such, I spent part of the break watching the...
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Happy Holidays

As we approach the end of 2021, like many, we are reflecting on the journey that has brought us to the fifth anniversary of the founding of agilityIRL.  This year brought significant change, even as we continued remote coaching and training.     The Big Change In summer of 2021, we celebrated the retirement of...
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Tolstoy, an Anesthesiologist and an Agile Coach walk into an Organization

In Leo Tolstoy’s book, Anna Karenina, he offers this famous quote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This quote has been applied to many contexts from the obvious familial setting to larger organizations of various shapes, sizes and forms. It’s true that each of these organizations is...
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Intellectual Laziness, Data, Baseball and Agile Leadership

Based on over 4-decades of observational research, I can confidently assert that intellectual laziness is an all-too-common leadership fail. It is a myth that managers manage by the numbers.  So many leaders that I’ve observed in action simply were not skilled thinkers, having little understanding of data, statistical methods, empirical analysis, and probabilistic decision-making.  In...
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Don’t Go Back to Normal

I’m writing this in May 2021.  It varies, but the global COVID-19 pandemic caused much of the world to push pause on “normal” life and go into and stay in emergency mode since March 2020, or earlier.  Thankfully, amazingly safe and effective vaccines now allow us to realistically envision a return to “normal.”  That said,...
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The Best Leadership Advice Ever

I know that they have their haters, but my family and I are unabashed Disney fans, and particular fans of their theme parks.  My fascination with Disney is on both personal and professional levels. In fact, I recently returned from a Disney World vacation.  This is a photo of me sitting next to statues of...
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