Coaches

Group Kata Facilitation

This is my fall-back group format when facilitating kata. Timeframe: 60m total – 45-50m exercise, 10-15m retrospective Group Size: 6-16 participants (3-8 pairs) Room Setup: one laptop per pair, optional projector or TV for kata description Choosing a Kata Choose your kata ahead of time, and come in prepared with Read more…

Coaches

Pair Chain Exercise

When I facilitate a kata session with a group of developers, sometimes I like to mix it up a little. If the room feels like it’s getting a little bored of a format, or if it’s a sunny Friday afternoon and everyone’s anticipating the weekend, I like to raise the Read more…

Business

The Thing You Need On Your Radar

I was talking to a colleague yesterday, smart guy, basically been focusing on systems level architecture and is maneuvering his employer in a good direction. After my session that day on agile technical practices, I’d left their whiteboard cluttered with my stuff and two of my leftover words drew attention Read more…

Business

Coding Is Social

This past weekend, I took part in the PTBOGameJam03 event in Peterborough, Ontario, an event that has steadily grown since August 2016. In case you don’t know, a Game Jam is an event where people come and work alone or in teams to build a video game, start to finish. Read more…

Business

A Nurturing Culture

I drew this picture to illustrate a few ideas, and it’s long overdue for an explanation beyond the few folks at whom I’ve stood in front of and waved my arms. So let’s decompose it a little, starting with this. As a coach, or a trainer, or really as a Read more…

Developer

Lenses

I started wearing glasses a few years ago, entering in to that cycle of a new prescription every few years to renew my focus. Thinking about that today, I think about the lenses I’ve worn over the years looking at my field of software development. The lens of Patterns helped Read more…

Business

Who are you?

What’s your job title? What does it say about you? What doesn’t it say about you? We are human beings, doing what we can with the tools we have, filling a role as best we can. A job title doesn’t define who we are, and it doesn’t define all that Read more…