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Coaching, Coding and Learning By George Evjen Agile
My Best Player Isnt My Hardest Worker -
At some point every athletic coach will have a player that has the mindset to do whatever is necessary to disrupt any team cohesion that you are trying to create. You have basic team standards that you expect everyone to follow and adhere to but this one player will always do the minimum or assume those standards are for the other people on the team. The player comes to practices, games, and meetings late, is the last one on the floor and is the first to leave when the practice is over. He walks ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:59 AM

Extreme Ownership : Prioritize & Execute
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Leif BabinPrioritize and Execute How could we possibly tackle so many problems at once. Prioritize and execute - even the greatest of battlefield leaders could not handle an array of challenges simultaneously without being overwhelmed. Determine the greatest priority for the team. Then rapidly direct the team to attack that priority. - full resources of the team were engaged in that highest priority effort. I could then determine the next ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2016 10:14 AM

Extreme Ownership : Simple
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Leif BabinSimple I appreciate your motivation to get out there and get after it - but perhaps we should for these first few patrols - we need to simplify this a bit Simplify ? - its just a patrol, how complex can it get? There are some risks that can compound when working in an environment like this. Lets just keep this simple to start and we can expand as we get more experience. Just as he had been taught: simple, clear, concise information ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2016 9:51 AM

Extreme Ownership : Cover & Move
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin Cover and Move I was so focused on our own squads dilemma, I didn’t think to coordinate with the other team, OP1, to work together. This was the first rule in Jocko's Laws of Combat - Cover and Move We had operated independently, failing to support or help each other. It was foolishness to not work together. We were all trying to accomplish the same mission We should have utilized every strength and tactical advantage possible ......

Posted On Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:47 AM

Extreme Ownership : Check The Ego
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin Check the Ego Task Unit Bruiser, we were confident and perhaps even a little cocky - but I tried to temper that confidence by instilling a culture within our task unit to never be satisfied; we pushed ourselves harder to continuously improve our performance. If U.S. forces were to win in Ramadi, I saw right away that all of us had to work together and support each other. But if the US forces were to win this difficult fight here ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:40 AM

Extreme Ownership : Believe
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Lief BabinBelieve Questioning the Mission When we know the man covering our 'six'(backside) is someone who has been through the same training, has the same gear, and speaks the same language - someone we trust In the SEAL Teams - the bond of our brotherhood is our strongest weapon. I knew my actions and mind-set carried great weight among my troops These were my orders - and for me to lead I had to believe - so I kept my doubts to myself ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2016 12:07 PM

Extreme Ownership: No Bad Teams - Only Bad Leaders
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jacko Willink & Leif Babin No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders It pays to be a winner Hell week is not a fitness test - it was not a physical test - but a mental one Success resulted from determination and will, but also from innovation and communication within the team. The boat crew leader bore responsibility for the performance of his boat crew. - each member of the boat crew had to perform, but the leader received the most scrutiny from the instructor staff. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:03 PM

Extreme Ownership : Blame
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jocko Willink & Leif BabinIntroductionProper understanding and application of the Laws of Combat Leadership: The Single Most Important Factor Without a team - a group of individuals working to accomplish a mission - there can be no leadership The only meaningful measure of a leader is whether the team succeeds or fails For all the definitions, descriptions, and characterizations of leaders - there are only two that matter Effective and ineffective. Effective ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 1:06 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Caring
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon & Mike SmithCaring Relationships are the foundation upon which winning teams are built - and all great relationships are based on value, respect, love, trust and care. Caring is a Strategy Jonathan Ive: designed many of apples products said "we believe our customers can sense the care we put into our products I believe caring is one of the greatest success strategies of all The greatest organizations on the planet care about the ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2016 8:30 AM

You Win in Locker Room First : Commitment
Book Notes From 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon & Mike SmithCommitment It's not about you It's about committing yourself to your team. Commit if You Want to Commit The hen is involved in creating the eggs for breakfast, but the pig is committed. He has to sacrifice everything To be a great leader, coach and team member you must be more than involved - you must be committed. Self-evaluation to make sure that his or her level of commitment is greater than that of anyone else in ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:29 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Connect
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon and Mike SmithConnect Communicating and Collaborating Leads to Connection A great benefit of communicating and collaborating is that they develop connections between you and your team members. Communication begins the process of building trust, collaboration fosters this process and enhances relationships - this leads to stronger connections between team members. A connected team becomes a committed team. The more I have worked with ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2016 4:36 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Communication
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon and Mike SmithCommunicate When there is a void in communication, negativity will fill it. Fill the void with great communication. The Most Important Thing a Coach Can Do Doc Rivers: Head Coach LA Clippers - what was the most important thing he does as a head coach. I communicate with my team. Not just collectively as a team but individually. I have to know where each person is in order to lead them where I need them to be. Since I communicate ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:26 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Consistent
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' by Jon Gordon and Mike SmithConsistent If you are not consistent you will lose the trust your team has in you. When you lose trust you lose the locker room. Consistency Wins the Locker Room As a leader you must be consistent in your leadership style, approach, attitude, philosophy and tactics. If you are not consistent throughout the year you will lose your team's trust, and as soon as that happens, you lose the locker room and in turn lose games. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:08 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Contagious
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' by Jon Gordon and Mike SmithContagious Germ or Vitamin C Research shows that when you have feeling in your heart - it goes to every cell in the body - then outward and other people up to 10 feet away can sense feelings transmitted by your heart. This means that each day you are broadcasting to your team how you feel. You are either broadcasting positive energy or negative energy. Research from Harvard also supports the idea that emotions you feel ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:07 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Culture
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Mike Smith & Jon GordonCulture Culture drives expectations and beliefs - expectations and beliefs drive behavior; behavior drives habits; and habits create the future. It all starts with culture I was going to turn this team around, the first step would be to focus on transforming the culture I knew the biggest priority was to create a winning culture in which every member could thrive and excel. This meant we would not only have to create ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2016 10:55 AM

This is Lean - Operations Strategy
Book Notes from 'This Is Lean' By Niklas ModigThis is Lean! Develop our definition of lean at the 'fruit level' How Toyota has implemented TPS within the car dealer operations in Japan Lean is an operations strategy that prioritizes flow efficiency over resource efficiency. The Lean Operations Strategy We see lean as an operations strategy, as it concerns how an organization produces value. What matters is that the strategy involves Moving towards the upper right of the matrix Aiming for that star ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:38 AM

This is Lean - The Efficiency Matrix
Book Notes from 'This Is Lean' By Niklas ModigThe Efficiency Matrix The plethora of definitions and usages of lean provides a rather confused picture of what lean actually is. A new framework that we call the efficient matrix The efficient matrix Many definitions of lean are made at a low level of abstraction. The fact that organizations in many different industries are now starting to work with lean makes it necessary to have a definition of lean that is on a sufficiently high level of abstraction ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:04 PM

Calipari - Changing Our Approach
Prior to my time in the world of software development, I spent roughly 12 years coaching college basketball. I enjoyed every minute that I was afforded to be part of coaching a team. Laying out a vision, implementing that vision and developing tools and process to develop our program and players, was as thrilling to me as being on the floor teaching a player how to rebound from the weakside of the floor or the proper way to shoot a basketball. Winning games and fortunately a few small college national ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2016 2:43 PM

This is Lean - Welcome to the Wild West - We Call it Lean
Book Notes - This is Lean by Niklas Modig Welcome to the Wild West - We call it Lean Toyota Production System (TPS) Although the term lean was created with toyota as a starting point - lean and TPS are two different concepts Ohno defines the Toyota Production System. Taiichi Ohno - referred to as the 'father' of TPS Ohno rejected economies of scale and large scale production and maintained that productivity was created through flow. 'reducing the time-line by reducing the non-value adding wastes. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:34 PM

This is Lean - The Art of being Extremely Inefficient
Book Notes from 'This is Lean' by Niklas Modig The Art of Being Extremely Inefficient Superfluous work is correctly perceived as adding value; we have to take care of all the receipts whether we like it or not. Yet, the core of superfluous work is that it addresses a need that has arisen due to a failure to satisfy the primary need. The root cause of superfluous work is actually a failure. Receipt example - processing each receipt involved at least four restarts since it is the minimum number of ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:12 AM

This is Lean -Variation on Processes
Book Notes - 'This is Lean' By Niklas Modig The Law of the Effect of Variation on processes. The third law that helps us - the connection between variation, resources efficiency and throughput time. Understanding variation and its impact is central to understanding flow efficiency. What is variation? There will always be variation in processes Divided into three different sources - Resources Flow units External factors Regardless of the source of the variation - it affects time. Either processing ......

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:16 AM

This is Lean - Processes & Flow Efficiency
Book Notes from 'This is Lean' By Niklas Modig Two Forms of Efficiency Differ in Terms of Dependence Subtle but important difference between resource efficiency and flow efficiency. Fulfils the needs of its patients involves a transfer of value. A value transfer occurs when one side adds value and the other side receives value. High resource efficiency means the resource adds as much value as possible High Flow efficiency means the flow unit picks up as much value as possible. Resource efficiency ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:54 AM

This is Lean - Resource & Flow Efficiencies
Book Notes from 'This is Lean' by Niklas Modig Story of Alison and Sarah both being diagnosed with cancer - From finding the lump to diagnoses - difference of 500x faster for Sarah This is lean is a book about a new form of efficiency - 'flow efficiency' Flow efficiency focuses on the amount of time it takes from identifying a need to satisfying a need. Flow efficiency, how its created, and why various decisions improve or worsen flow efficiency. How and why organizations are actually wasting resources ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:11 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 14
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa AdkinsAgile Coach Failure, Recovery, and Success Modes I have categorized common failures and successes as ways of operating or Modes. Failure and success modes. As I fell into traps less and less, the teams I coached got 'inexplicable' better results. Agile Coach Failure Modes The Spy : spends just enough time observing the team to pick up on topics. The Seagull : swoops in at stand-ups, poops all over the team. The Opinionator : expresses opinions ......

Posted On Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:57 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 13
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' by Lyssa Adkins Surplus Ideas Required Needing a surplus of ideas necessitates a creative environment Team members will not come up with the breakthrough ideas when under constant pressure to produce. "The challenges in organizations start with the frenetic pace many people feel compelled to maintain" Breakthroughs come when people take the time to stop and examine their assumptions. The sprint review and retrospective build in the pause to crucial for breakthroughs ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:57 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 12
Book Notes - Coaching Agile Teams By Lyssa Adkins Carrying Complaints An agile coach helps the team see that conflict is normal - and useful Conflict seething just below the surface is clearly not constructive One part of the agile coach's job revolves around removing impediments to work. Three step intervention path - ask the complainer the following Have you shared your concerns and feelings about this with? [blank] should know of your concerns. Would it help if I would go with you? May I tell ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2016 4:25 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 11
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Conflict Navigator Patrick Lencioni - The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - names fear of conflict as one of the five dysfunctions. Citing is as the main reason that teams struggle Highly collaborative teams use conflict constructively. On an agile team - in our pursuit of excellence we know that conflict arise and that we can expect both harmony and disharmony Move from conflict to constructive disagreement. The Agile Coach's Role in Conflict ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:03 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 10
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Problem Solver I used to solve problems for team Looking ahead and solving problems I thought were coming even though they hadnt happened yet Issues and risk management. When I started working agile - brought problems solving skills with me Caught me in the act of solving problems for a team - gave a look "are you sure you really want to do that?" Problem solving mode - doing something for someone else, which is really -doing something ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2016 4:27 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 9
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' by Lyssa Adkins Learning About the Team Launch into learning about the team The guiding lights for this product - the team - are a shared vision and team norms Create a Shared Vision Teams need goals at multiple levels What's in it for me What's in it for us as a team What's in it for the company What's in it for the world Creating this vision starts from the individual out. 'when this project is over, I want to say I have…' Give people permission to talk about ......

Posted On Friday, August 5, 2016 11:46 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 8
Book Notes from "Coaching Agile Teams" By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Teacher An agile coach takes on the job of teacher many times throughout the life of a team. Constantly coach teams to come back to the simple and powerful - where agile thrives. Details prime teaching times and topics. Teach agile during team startup During restarts During unexpected moments Teaching roles in agile Continuously holding people the best expression of those roles. Teaching During the Team Start-Up When a company wants ......

Posted On Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:10 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 7
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Team' By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Facilitator A healthy agile team works together in high-bandwidth, high quality communication. They know the plan on a release by release basis and on a daily basis Another voice on the team discussing todays problem, or I can step fully into this role of agile coach, helping them get better and better. The agile coach facilitates by creating a 'container' for the team to fill up their astounding ideas and innovations With informal conversations, ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 7:46 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 6
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Coaching Product Owners on Running their Business Agile frameworks teach us to harp on business value delivered. We hold business value delivered as the one and only measure of progress and value. Product owners need short term goals to act as a stepping stone toward business value. Business value micro-definitions. Goals on the ground level that determine where the product owner points the team - sprint after sprint Expresses the next critical ......

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2016 8:36 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 5
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Team' By Lyssa Adkins Coaching at the Very Beginning The coaching intervention at the beginning of the teams first sprint together sets the tone for much of what follows Coaching intervention as the team start-up, teaching the team about the agile framework to be used Teaching them about the vision of the project and the work ahead. Coaching in the Middle In the middle of the sprint, coaching at the whole team level quites down. As a simple, lightweight conversation ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:04 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 4
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Let Your Style Change How long has it taken you to master tai chi? - I don’t know yet, im still practicing. How did it take you to become a master coach? I don’t know yet, im still practicing. Agile Team Stages One good model for mastering anything comes from martial arts. Three stages of proficiency Shu Shu: student copies the techniques as taught without modification and without yet attempting to understand rationale. Follow the rule, again, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:33 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 3
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Will You Respond Intelligently? EQ - Emotional Intelligence Quotient. The more skilled you become at mastering yourself - the more self-organized and self-monitoring the teams will be. With conflict, language, servant leadership, and emotional intelligence - notice your knee-jerk reaction and decide what to do with it. Recover from Command and Control-ism Command and control is certainly describe someone you will coach Get comfortable with these ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2016 10:19 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 2
Book Notes from Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa AdkinsExpect High Performance Teams often get the basics of agile running within the first few sprints. Need to see different signposts and landmarks along the way indicating progress toward something resonant and worthwhile This something is the quest for high performance -its the daily act of, together striving to be the best they can be. Set the Expectation Expecting high performance does not mean that you demand it. Achieving it is more than possible ......

Posted On Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:09 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 1
Book Notes From: "Coaching Agile Teams" By Lyssa AdkinsWill I Be a Good Coach? Nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of agile done well. Project management was serious business - project managers orchestrated the working of the whole machine. Mental model of project management was outdated. First week - had produced real work. - that would have taken us months to do in the past. If agile teams are going to have these kinds of stellar experiences with agile - they need coaches who can provide ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2016 4:37 PM

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