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Esther Derby


  • Eight Reasons Retrospectives Fail   view details
    "Choosing Actions the Team Doesn’t Have Energy For... They may have tried before and failed, the task may be too difficult or time-consuming given the other work they have to do, or the work may be plain unpleasant. In any case, when the team doesn’t have energy to work on an improvement, chances are pretty good it won’t get done. Go with the task the team has the energy to complete."
  • The Confusing Field of Coaching   view details
    "the Solution-focused Coaching model assumes that the person being coached has some experience solving the problem for which they have sought coaching. This model assumes that the coachee has all the competencies needed to come to a solution. ... But sometimes, the person needs context, information, demonstration, a straight answer, or a skill."
  • Motivation Misfires   view details
    "Contests, prizes, pep talks, badges, points, canned thank you notes, and recognition events. Most of this comes down to using rewards to motivate people to continue certain behavior. Some of these work for some people, some of the time. But most of them backfire, for most people, most of the time. ... The zeroth step in boosting motivation is to stop doing things that demotivate people."
  • Hiring for an Agile Team, 4 Reasons to Up Your Hiring Game   view details
    "In agile teams, people collaborate, negotiate, make trade-offs, handle conflicts. These interactions require a high level of interpersonal skill and emotional intelligence... People on agile teams need an exceptional ability to learn and apply that learning–both in growing 'generalizing specialist' skills and in improving team processes..."

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  • When we are blind to systemic causes of problems, all the solutions we try will likely make matters worse.

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