Workshops

Online, on-site, and public workshops designed to help you explore leadership, understand the dynamics of self-organizing teams, and boost your overall productivity.
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Workshops

Online, on-site, and public workshops designed to help you explore leadership, understand the dynamics of self-organizing teams, and boost your overall productivity.

Online Courses

My online courses consist of short posts, videos, downloadable worksheets, and “Now Try This” exercises to support as you reflect on your current practice and incorporate new ideas . I’ve structured the courses into easily digestible chunks released over two to four weeks, depending on the class. All courses are self-paced, you can start and finish when you choose.

After you’ve registered and started the course, you’ll be invited to a Slack team where you can ask questions, get advice, and exchange ideas with current and past students.

Online Courses

My online courses consist of short posts, videos, downloadable worksheets, and “Now Try This” exercises to support as you reflect on your current practice and incorporate new ideas . I’ve structured the courses into easily digestible chunks released over two to four weeks, depending on the class. All courses are self-paced, you can start and finish when you choose.

After you’ve registered and started the course, you’ll be invited to a Slack team where you can ask questions, get advice, and exchange ideas with current and past students.

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Powerful Retrospectives

What is a Retrospective?

When done well, retrospectives create an opportunity for teams to learn and improve. They are special meetings outside the normal rhythm of work, where a team can consider the way they are working— technical practices, collaboration with the team and with other groups, how work flows into the team, obstacles. Anything that relates to the team increasing their ability to deliver valuable products and satisfaction with the way they work is a valid topic for a retrospective.

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Make the Most of Your One-On-Ones

I’m teaming up with my long-time colleague, Johanna Rothman, to offer a series of workshops for managers, loosely based on our classic guide, Behind Closed Doors Secrets of Great Management. We both had the experience of making the transition from developer-to-manager. In this course, we’ll share some of the key practices and insights that helped us become effective managers–and most importantly, will help you be a more effective manager. In addition, we’ll share stories and insights from our experiences coaching managers, directors, and executives, and you’ll receive an electronic copy of our book, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management

Who is This Class For?

This class is for people with a range of experience with retrospectives. Whether you are a Scrum Master who just learned about retrospectives, a team member participating in retrospectives, have lead a dozen retrospectives, or want to move beyond making simple lists, this class is for you. This course will help you gain confidence to hold retrospectives that help your team improve.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why having a structure for your one-on-one meetings is important.
  • How to prepare for a one-on-one.
  • How to listen effectively.
  • Key things to listen for.
  • Creating relationships built on trust and candor.

Powerful Retrospectives

What is a Retrospective?

When done well, retrospectives create an opportunity for teams to learn and improve. They are special meetings outside the normal rhythm of work, where a team can consider the way they are working— technical practices, collaboration with the team and with other groups, how work flows into the team, obstacles. Anything that relates to the team increasing their ability to deliver valuable products and satisfaction with the way they work is a valid topic for a retrospective.

Who is This Class For?

This class is for people with a range of experience with retrospectives. Whether you are a Scrum Master who just learned about retrospectives, a team member participating in retrospectives, have lead a dozen retrospectives, or want to move beyond making simple lists, this class is for you. This course will help you gain confidence to hold retrospectives that help your team improve.

Make the Most of Your One-On-Ones

I’m teaming up with my long-time colleague, Johanna Rothman, to offer a series of workshops for managers, loosely based on our classic guide, Behind Closed Doors Secrets of Great Management. We both had the experience of making the transition from developer-to-manager. In this course, we’ll share some of the key practices and insights that helped us become effective managers–and most importantly, will help you be a more effective manager. In addition, we’ll share stories and insights from our experiences coaching managers, directors, and executives, and you’ll receive an electronic copy of our book, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management

What You’ll Learn

  • Why having a structure for your one-on-one meetings is important.
  • How to prepare for a one-on-one.
  • How to listen effectively.
  • Key things to listen for.
  • Creating relationships built on trust and candor.

Need More Information?

If you would like additional information on these courses and forthcoming online courses, please fill out the form and I will reply.

Need More Information?

If you would like additional information on these courses and forthcoming online courses, please fill out the form and I will reply.

On-Site Workshops

My on-site courses are hands-on and based on sound principles of experiential learning. These are not lectures with slides. Rather, participants engage in exercises, simulations, and small group discussion to explore concepts, models, and tools.

On-Site Workshops

My on-site courses are hands-on and based on sound principles of experiential learning. These are not lectures with slides. Rather, participants engage in exercises, simulations, and small group discussion to explore concepts, models, and tools.

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Coaching Teams

Learn to Coach at the Team Level

Make the most of your coaching. Richard Hackman’s research indicates that roughly sixty percent of the variation in team productivity comes from how well a team is designed and supported. Team effectiveness is highly influenced by those enabling conditions -regardless of how good the people in the team are. However, most coaching focuses on interactions and overlooks how the team environment and support influence those interactions.

In this class, you’ll learn to observe, assess and adjust enabling conditions for teamwork, hence improving the chances for great teamwork. You’ll also learn how conditions influence team interactions, & dynamics.

 

 

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Coaching Beyond the Team

Learn How to Coach Beyond the Team

Agile coaches and Scrum Masters face many challenges. They have no authority to insist people listen or do, yet managers and executives expect organization-wide results from their activities. Furthermore, many executives see clearly that teams should change, but don’t see how the environment or their own actions impact teams. Handing those managers an impediment list isn’t a winning strategy.

In our Coaching Beyond the Team workshop, you will learn how to establish credibility and rapport to influence and coach beyond the team. You’ll learn how to use diagrams to create understanding, and share data in a way that enables managers to take action.

Also offered as a public class.

 

Coaching Teams

Learn to Coach at the Team Level

Make the most of your coaching. Richard Hackman’s research indicates that roughly sixty percent of the variation in team productivity comes from how well a team is designed and supported. Team effectiveness is highly influenced by those enabling conditions -regardless of how good the people in the team are. However, most coaching focuses on interactions and overlooks how the team environment and support influence those interactions.

In this class, you’ll learn to observe, assess and adjust enabling conditions for teamwork, hence improving the chances for great teamwork. You’ll also learn how conditions influence team interactions, & dynamics.

 

 

Coaching Beyond the Team

Learn How to Coach Beyond the Team

Agile coaches and Scrum Masters face many challenges. They have no authority to insist people listen or do, yet managers and executives expect organization-wide results from their activities. Furthermore, many executives see clearly that teams should change, but don’t see how the environment or their own actions impact teams. Handing those managers an impediment list isn’t a winning strategy.

In our Coaching Beyond the Team workshop, you will learn how to establish credibility and rapport to influence and coach beyond the team. You’ll learn how to use diagrams to create understanding, and share data in a way that enables managers to take action.

Also offered as a public class.

 

Public Workshops

Every year I offer both “Problem-Solving Leadership” (PSL) and “Coaching Beyond the Team” (CBTT) as public workshops. If you wish to receive notice when we open registration for these workshops, please use the form to provide your email information.

Public Workshops

Every year I offer both “Problem-Solving Leadership” (PSL) and “Coaching Beyond the Team” (CBTT) as public workshops. If you wish to receive notice when we open registration for these workshops, please use the form to provide your email information.

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Problem Solving Leadership (PSL)
Manage Change and Practice Innovation by Becoming a Problem-Solving Leader

Develop your own problem-solving style.

PSL is built on sound principles of adult learning theory, general systems thinking, group process concepts, creativity, and congruent human interaction. The simulations and other activities are designed to involve you totally in the experience of improving your problem-solving effectiveness.

You will take away an increased awareness of your own problem-solving style and an understanding and appreciation of the styles of others. You will see how valuing differences can enhance innovation and increase, rather than constrain, your problem-solving options.

Problem Solving Leadership (PSL)

Manage Change and Practice Innovation by Becoming a Problem-Solving Leader

Develop your own problem-solving style.

PSL is built on sound principles of adult learning theory, general systems thinking, group process concepts, creativity, and congruent human interaction. The simulations and other activities are designed to involve you totally in the experience of improving your problem-solving effectiveness.

You will take away an increased awareness of your own problem-solving style and an understanding and appreciation of the styles of others. You will see how valuing differences can enhance innovation and increase, rather than constrain, your problem-solving options.

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