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Helping teams be happy and effective

What does Google know about teams?

(This is a short note about something I found useful in my role as a manager and coach at 9LivesData.) Project Aristotle was a research project conducted by Google. The goal of the project was to find what attributes of a team contributed... Continue Reading →

Paweł Brodziński on Collective Intelligence

(This is a short note about something I found useful in my role as a manager and coach at 9LivesData.) Notes: teams are much better than individuals at solving complex tasks individual or maximal intelligence of group members matters less than collective... Continue Reading →

A Note on Empathy and Compassion

Emotional intelligence and co-feeling There are two distinct aspects of empathy: noticing and understanding feelings (your own and in others) feeling what the other person feels, co-feeling I believe understanding feelings is almost always useful while co-feeling is not necessary for compassion and "can sometimes lead... Continue Reading →

When making decisions as a team aim for soft consensus

Sometimes there are decisions to be made in a team and sometimes we don't all agree on what to do. If the discussion is dragging on it's easy to just vote on it and move on. For a high-performance team... Continue Reading →

How to get good feedback

The trouble with feedback I have mixed feelings about feedback. In my own life I have grown tremendously by accepting direct feedback from people I trust and respect. On the other hand I hate it when someone uses a demeaning... Continue Reading →

How to speak so that others listen

The first topic is a simple but powerful model that has helped me greatly. Now it can also help you, so without further ado: Are people listening to what you have to say? How often do you try to convince... Continue Reading →

Thinking tools for Product Owners (my talk at Agile by Example 2014)

7 Pitfalls that can Destroy new Product Owners (my talk at Agile by Example 2014)

How (not) to begin your journey as a Scrum Master?

In a strict sense the role of a Scrum Master is defined in the Scrum Guide as: "The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring Scrum is understood and enacted. Scrum Masters do this by ensuring that the Scrum Team adheres to Scrum theory,... Continue Reading →

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