20 November 2018

Knowledgehut | The Transition from Project Manager to the Scrum Master

Years ago when I started this blog the Knowledge hut blog was also starting. Now they have branched out into a training business.

I was asked to contribute an article to it and last month I wrote an essay on transitioning from project manager to scrum master.  While they are both support roles that help teams be successful there is a distinct difference between the two.  
By the way I love the graphic they put together.

14 November 2018

Hello Everest.Engineering

I am very pleased to have joined Ranganathan and Ringo at Everest.Engineering and look forward to what we are going to achieve together. 

We were all wondering what opportunity to work with as we faced the next stages of our career and all had plenty of options, including working for others as well as founding our own product companies. I think Ringo nailed it when he said “Why work for one when you can work with all of them?” 

What we hope to bring to you guys is our passion for excellence and for innovation, and our collectively deep experience in bringing ideas to market. That’s our new goal; We want to be part of this huge industry that is continually shaking things up and changing the way we live and work. 

It’s a cliche to say we want to make a difference to the world, but those of you that know us also know that it is actually how we think and act. 

We would love to talk with you about how we can work together. Reach out to us, or wait for us to contact you. 

Because we want to work with all of you. 

Much love 

2 July 2018

Want better collaboration?

I have surveyed a number of experienced (agile) managers, consultants and coaches in Melbourne and the following came up as priority areas to attend to if you want better collaboration.

  1. Alignment: We have a shared view of goals and approach
  2. Flow: We have a steady flow, avoiding peaky demand
  3. Learning: We prioritize time and space for learning and improving together
  4. Respect: We empathize with each other as a first step to solving problems
  5. Nurture: Management (and everyone's) stance towards teammates is to nurture and support, not to direct and control
  6. Purpose: We know why we are doing the things we are doing
  7. Autonomy: We minimize the dependencies in our team on other teams *
  8. Transparency: We publish as much as we can about our goals and progress as widely as possible

Take a moment to reflect on this list and your own teams. What areas for improvement do you have? Perhaps table this list as a topic in a retrospective.

- Craig

* This one is interesting for me as it is about minimizing the potential for conflict rather than working towards a better holistic outcome. I think it's worth a deeper investigation.

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