How to create Shared Understanding

As promised in my last post I will deep dive into the subject of shared understanding in this post. I’ll specifically provide details of how to create shared understanding. Let’s jump straight in. When people get together to identify, prioritise and find solutions to complex opportunities and problems it often results in different and diverging

How to validate if you have Shared Understanding

In a business, collaborative and goal oriented context achieving shared understanding is crucial. To do so you would have a way to validate if you have shared understanding. I’ve found that the simplest exercise is also the most effective at highlighting the level of shared understanding a team has when coming out of a collaborative

Beyond Agile

It’s time we start to push ourselves to move beyond agile. Specifically in terms of the discussions we’re having and the lack of positive effects those discussions leads to. I see way too many conversations where the focus is centered on agile vs Agile, on what it is and isn’t, who is and who isn’t,

How to lead during change and complexity

I’m excited to announce that Anna Hedlund and I are releasing our first episode of Adaptive today! The topic is ‘how being product led helps organisations’. Have a listen and tell us what you think. Leading organisations and teams during change and complexity is challenging. Which is something both of us have experienced and keep

How to become effective at resolving conflicts in teams

According to research 49% of work teams and 60% of leadership teams have not found effective ways to deal with conflict! In this post I share tools and techniques that are highly effective in managing conflicts in teams.

Characteristics of high performing teams

In order for tech companies to be competitive and successful they need to shape their work around teams. But just organising work around teams is not sufficient, teams must also be high performing or your company will not utilise the benefits of teamwork. In my work with companies, founders, managers, leaders and team members I’ve

Spend less time on process and ship more

Are you spending considerable time discussing how to improve your team’s process? Are those discussion frustrating? Do you come up with a considerable number of action points during your retrospective? Do you spend time prioritising them? Are you only able to address a few of them and build and manage a backlog with the remaining

The two reasons why a team fails to meet expectations

Relatively commonly I find myself in situations where managers and leaders (the “leaders”), i.e. people in roles with both formal and informal authority, state that some teams don’t meet expectations. Specifically expectations on their performance as a team and their collective behaviour. The leaders have commonly been unclear to why that is and what can

A New Beginning

After 6 years as agile coach at Spotify I’ve decided to pursue new challenges. It has been the most difficult decisions I’ve taken in my professional life because the people I’ve worked with during my tenure has had a profound positive impact on me both as human being and professionally, which I’ll always be grateful

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