Category: Tools

Some tools that I have created for myself and others to use for their own projects and programmes. These are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Agile and Lean, Distributed-working, Tools

Think Links icebreakers a Miro board template that you can use

Reading Time: < 1 minute In a previous post, I wrote about Quick icebreakers for online meetings, (that don’t suck). In that post, I mentioned that I love using the Think Links game created by Edward de Bono to get people to think creatively and get the ice broken. This week I have turned the game into a Miro board to …

Agile and Lean, Distributed-working, Tools

A short retrospective format to close a piece of work

Close up of hands of a woman writing in a notebook

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week I ran a short retrospective to close a two-year-long project; I had limited time and ten willing participants. This post covers the approach I used to create space for reflection. The constraints were: we only had one hour, which in practice means 50mins at the most, so no time for a big timeline …

Agile and Lean, Communities of practice, Tools

Facilitation feedback tool

Facilitation tool

Reading Time: < 1 minute Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement Helen Timperley and John Hattie Many of us facilitate workshops or agile habits regularly and we know if a workshop has gone well if the outcomes are useful. There are also lots of elements of facilitation that we don’t often get feedback on. …

Communities of practice, Tools

Posters to show how awesome communities of practice are

Community of practice posters

Reading Time: < 1 minute If you regularly read my blog, then you will know that communities of practice are my specialist subject and core to a lot of the work that I do. I help lots of organisations who are building their specialist skills in digital and agile delivery and those communities form an essential foundation for just that. …

Agile and Lean, Tools

The 4 Ps of effective standups

Daily standup

Reading Time: 2 minutes This is a quick blog post with some tips for effective stand-ups that a friend asked me to write so he could share it with someone else. So here it is Mark. These 4Ps came to life when I was working with Amy Wagner creating and delivering some training in Brussels. The training was intended to …

Agile and Lean, Tools

Tips for using Trello effectively

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve been using Trello for a few years, both for personal projects and with teams. I love how simple it is to use, which makes it easy to use in the way that works for you. The downside of this is that some teams struggle with knowing where to start, this post is about showing …

Agile and Lean, Tools

The Team Onion: A short (free) ebook

The Team onion, a model for collaborating beyond the agile team

Reading Time: < 1 minute After my talk and post in May, I have now turned the Team Onion (formally the Agile Team Onion) into a free ebook. The Team Onion model is a way of helping collaboration between Agile teams and the rest of your organisation, to lead to successful delivery. It’s a short book (around 3000 words) and …

Agile and Lean, Tools

A tool for visualising business risk and scheduling

Risk radar chart

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve just spent a week in Vienna at David J Anderson’s coaching masterclass, a 5 day look into organisational change and modern management with Kanban. One of the subjects we spent some time looking at was managing risk and using different values to understand how to schedule work. This exercise creates criteria that decision makers can agree to, which …

Agile and Lean, Tools

A Tool for tracking Kanban projects (that you can cut out and keep)

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have been looking around for the right digital tool that will support my physical project wall. I want something that allows me easily to back up information for reference, but more importantly outputs the useful metrics that are important for continuous improvement.