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

Workshop participants

Online Courses

My online courses consist of short posts, videos, and downloadable worksheets and tools. 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.

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 It 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.

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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.

How Does an Online Class Work?

The course consists of short posts, videos, and “Now Try This” exercises to support you to reflect on your current practice and incorporate new ideas. The course comes digestible bites, with one section released every week. You can start and finish at your own pace.

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.

In addition, 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 build on trust and candor.

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If you would like information on these and forthcoming on-line courses, use the form below.

On-site Courses

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.

Coaching Teams

Learn to coach at the team level.

Make the most of your coaching. Richard Hackman’s research indicates that roughly sixty per cent of the variation in team productivity comes from how well a team is designed and supported. Team effectiveness is the 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 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 Courses

Problem-Solving Leadership (PSL)

BENEFITS:  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. READ MORE…