Testing Walls

Testing walls This is the next post in my series on the types of walls that we can use when we are sharing our knowledge with out teams. Testing walls are similar to architecture walls but take a different dimension. By using the walls as a basis, you and your team can share information about …

Reporting Walls

Previously I have shared my thoughts on using walls. I elaborated on the concepts behind Architectural walls too. This post focuses on using walls to share more general information about delivery. Reporting walls All of the walls teams use can also be classified as reporting walls as they can be used to measure or assess …

Architecture Walls

Visual Planning, or putting things on walls (per my previous post) is to me one of the most important aspects of becoming a high performing team. However the information that you put on the walls does not have to be a "plan". Most teams on their agility journeys start with putting their Kanban board or planning …

Meeting versus workshop

I just read an article about collaboration overload and it got me thinking. there is a huge misunderstanding about the difference between a meeting and a workshop there is a huge misunderstanding about what collaboration means! so here's my 2 cents: Meetings are NOT Collaborative information is transmitted/shared decisions are made (sometimes/hopefully) no work gets …

Agile2017 Recap – Day 3

Joanna Vahlsing, PMP

Today, I had a un-conference experience, which was different and exciting. It just goes to show you the variety that’s offered at Agile2017 and why I love this conference.

I wasn’t able to participate in the morning sessions because I had a few work meetings that I needed to attend, and that’s okay.

After lunch out by the pool (again, it’s nice to be outside, even in 90+ degree weather), I headed to my first session, the Audacious Salon on Imposter Syndrome (Part 1). Candidly, I only planned to stay for the first part because there are so many options and competing sessions. Well, five minutes in, and I realized, yeah, this is how I’m spending my afternoon, and I’m coming back for Part 2. Thanks Billie!

Three hours later, after several exercises that got us in touch with our Imposter Syndrome tendencies and strategies for dealing with it…

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Agile2017 Recap – Day 2

Great topics here! Love the PMO summary – going to share this at work too! Thanks J!!

Joanna Vahlsing, PMP

The morning got off to a great start by having breakfast with my professional idol, Johanna Rothman. We enjoyed the conference breakfast and caught up with what’s the latest in our lives. One of the highlights of the conference so far for sure! I really appreciated her spending some time with me.

Creating Leadership and Engagement at Every Level

This morning’s keynote was Creating Leadership and Engagement at Every Level by David Marquet, and wow, it was a good one. Definitely, check out the video when it’s posted online, and I’ll hit the highlights here.

David’s keynote was a story of him taking command over the USS Santa Fe, one of the poorest performing submarine teams in the Navy at the time, and he focused on:

  • Converting an attitude of “just following a command” to a “thinking” one.
  • The importance of language and mindsets.
  • The distinction between Blue Work…

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