KrisMap: An Organisation’s Persona

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Agile & Lean, Coaching | 2 Comments

(Joint post with Michael Sahota) Essence of Kris Imagine your ideal organization. We may think of the organizational culture as the “personality” of the company. What is the personality of an Agile organization? Culture is Aggregate Identity Organizational Culture is the emergent aggregate identity of all her people. Some questions to help you think about […]

Noticing Improvement

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Agile & Lean, Coaching | 5 Comments
Noticing Improvement

There’s a lot written about how Kanban is less disruptive and demanding than Scrum in most contexts, and I think some of that might be true. There’s probably as much being written about how Scrum may be more merciless at uncovering dysfunctions in a system, throwing all of the bad stuff in your face every […]

Deception is Not the Point

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Coaching, Conference | One Comment
Deception is Not the Point

Last week, I spoke at the Roots conference in Bergen, Norway. Linda Rising’s closing keynote on Deception inspired me to think about communication and the importance of meaning or truth in human interaction… Note that this post doesn’t address or contradict Linda’s keynote—it inspired me to have conversations that led to the thoughts in this […]

Coaching is a 100% client-focused conversation

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Coaching, Conference | One Comment
Coaching is a 100% client-focused conversation

Opening the AgileCoachCamp Norway 2012, we had the pleasure of Jan Georg Kristiansen, ICF-certified Erickson coach MCC and leader of Erickson Coaching Nordic AS (an organisation training coaches and coach trainers in Norway), introduce us to the world of Professional Coaching. What is Coaching? He talked about the need for a definition of Coaching, or ICF Coaching […]

What is Agile Coaching?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Agile & Lean, Coaching, Conference, Linchpin | 12 Comments
What is Agile Coaching?

AgileCoachCamp Norway Professional Coaching The AgileCoachCamp Norway 2012, which I’m currently attending, was opened by an inspiring session with an ICF coaching trainer, Jan Georg Kristiansen from Erickson Coaching Nordic AS in Norway. He gave us a definition of ICF coaching as a 100% client-focused conversation, and we decided to have an Open Space session to take his definition as a starting point […]

Thank You, 2011!

Thank You, 2011!

2011 has been an awesome and truly transformative year for me, maybe the most important in my life so far. The primary reason was that a number of new real options emerged that gave me opportunities to create value for myself and others in ways that I wouldn’t have expected one year ago. I’m very […]

Thank You, agile42!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Awesome, Coaching, Linchpin, StrategicPlay | No Comments
Thank You, agile42!

10 months since I joined, and now the end of the year… Time for reflection, and a big Thank You. I’ve become part of a great team of coaches. There’s a saying about Jazz: “Always be the worst guy in every band you’re in.” My amazing friend Mike Sutton gave me the advice to apply […]

Test-Driven Conversations

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Coaching, Conference | 3 Comments
Test-Driven Conversations

At the AgileCoachCamp US, Derek W. Wade ran a session on the advocacy/inquiry interaction pattern, titled “WTF” (Where’s that from). The basic idea is simple: when we listen to a statement of another person, we assume a certain context, in which we would have made such a statement. Derek had a nice example: Joe comes […]

Compassion—the Power of Vulnerability

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the conversations at AgileCoachCamp US. I talked with Michael Sahota, Dave Sharrock, Siraj Sirajuddin, Pascal Pinck and others about various topics, a prominent being the influence maps that Siraj had multiple sessions on during the camp. Today, Gerry Kirk posted a TED talk by Brene Brown that gave me […]

Kanban Considered Harmful? turned into Quality of Life

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Agile & Lean, Coaching, Conference | 4 Comments
Kanban Considered Harmful? turned into Quality of Life

The AgileCoachCamp US in Columbus, Ohio, was in many ways an enlightening and awesome event. Pascal Pinck invited me to come, meeting him and talking to him was one of the highlights of the weekend. This won’t be my last post about ACCUS… Kanban Considered Harmful? I had a few conversations at the SoCal Kanban/Lean […]