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Good feedback

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Right from early childhood, we’ve become used to receiving compliments and praise. We start listening only to people who admire our work and inflate our ego. Praise is welcome, but it doesn’t reveal points we could use to improve our product, process, our professional or personal lives. What we really need is good feedback. Seeking… Read more »

Agile Retrospectives

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Learn how to Optimize Your Team’s Performance. “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” (Agile Manifesto, 2001) In this ebook, you’ll find some of the most important techniques that we’ve developed in order to help teams overcome day-to-day struggles. Enjoy! Sign Up To… Read more »

Coaching the Agile Coach

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coaching the agile coach

At K21 I learned that, in order to achieve agile transformation results, you need to pay attention to the four domains of agility: Business, Cultural, Organizational and Technical. To be a good agile coach, I must know my competence in each of these domains. But how do I find out? Rodrigo de Toledo answered this question through… Read more »

Humans, not Resources

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There are three reasons we don’t call Humans Resources: 1. Creative work isn’t linear (a resource refers to the idea of linearity); 2. It ignores the main variable in the result of a team: collaboration; 3. It labels people as if they weren’t capable of learning new things. Here in Part 1 of ‘Humans yes,… Read more »

Upward Spiral of High Performance Teams

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So-called modern companies count on a highly active and professional HR, with very well crafted Individual Development Plans (IDP’s), well-designed succession strategies and elaborate annual evaluations. But these policies and restrictions stifle the system and in the end, the HR becomes inefficient. One of the main principles of the Agile Manifesto focuses on individuals and… Read more »

Merit Money: a collaborative reward system

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Rewarding people without destroying their motivation has been one of the top management challenges in companies employing knowledge workers. Unfortunately, the reward systems used by these organizations incentivize recognition through imaginary performance rather than real merits, causing an extremely negative impact on employee motivation. Daniel Pink, one of the current greatest researchers on motivation, stresses… Read more »

A step by step guide to horizontal feedbacks with Speedwraps

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Horizontal Feedbacks with Speedwraps

Although the fact that good feedbacks may lead to high-speed human development was already proven many times, companies still neglect this practice, making it extremely formal, bureaucratic and expensive. A process that should be simple and continuous often happens to be annual or semiannual, conducted by people not knowing the nature of the work performed… Read more »

Agility and Moral Harassment in the Workplace

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Agility and Moral Harassment in the Workplace

In this post, we’re going to talk about hostile work environments for individuals, and how agility plays an important role in breaking the patterns that foster moral harassment. What exactly would constitute a threat in the workplace? Losing your job? Losing your salary? Disliking the work that you do? Being treated harshly? Some examples Some… Read more »

How to Balance Short-, Medium- and Long-term Horizons

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Horizons

My friend Paulo Caroli wrote in his blog about a project that K21 carried out for a large client. The service provided was inspired by McKinsey’s horizons nomenclature. McKinsey’s planning horizons: H1: Short-term horizon. This is the dedication to the business that currently pays your bills. H2: Medium-term horizon. Companies have to allocate part of… Read more »

Retrospective with Management 3.0: Moving Motivators

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Moving Motivators

The dynamics of Moving Motivators, by Jurgen Appelo, father of Management 3.0, helps managers to learn more about what motivates their team members. Jurgen’s idea while creating this exercise was to provide a tool to reflect on individual motivation and see how organizational change is affecting them.   The Moving Motivators The exercise is simple…. Read more »