Talk: Leadership in remote ways of working

The recording of my recent talk with Pakistan Agile Development Society (PADS) AgilePK Islamabad Chapter

Title: Leadership in remote ways of working

Yes, we are suddenly remote!
It is not a choice however driven by COVID-19 pandemic circumstances. it has become the new reality and we need to accept this sad reality and move forward with an open and innovative mindset.

This talk is about a mindset shift to lead remote teams effectively. We will explore together four levels comprising individual, team, management, and organization. What are the different strategies to collaborate with focus and energy high? How to decrease the psychological distance to keep the communication happening with a clear purpose and engagement.

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Bring teams together by using Team Heart model

Have you worked with teams who lack understanding of each other and have miss-aligned expectations? In short, they are under-estimating each other’s potential and missing the opportunity to achieve greater things together. Continue reading to know how I experimented…

Team Heart Model

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IWA: How a video call can help to enhance remote working experience?

In a remote working environment, effective communication is key to the success of a team and keeping the people engaged and motivated. The video call is a great alternative for an in-person meeting where communication happens face to face using digital tools. Though it is often challenging to understand the complete body language of the participants. To set the right expectations, I think It is important that the team defines an understanding of how to use video while working remotely, as some people might be uncomfortable.

Some benefits that I see as an Agile Coach/Team member.

  • People see each other and it becomes easy to make a connection
  • It is possible to see how people are feeling, facial expressions and hand movements and gestures.
  • One can collaborate over video calls by explaining on paper or whiteboard, which will be hard to do over a voice call.
  • It can decrease “out of sight, out of mind” feeling

IWA: I was asked series

Hot Air Balloon Retrospective Model

Are you using any metaphor in your Retrospective meetings?

Using Metaphors in our conversations can help us to understand an object, conversation or action from a different perspective. They can also serve as a powerful tool leading us to think in new or a different way.

In this post, I will explain how to use the Hot Air Balloon model to use in a Sprint Retrospective event.

Hot Air Ballon

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Why is it important to understand the Agile mindset?

Let’s answer this question in two steps, first starting with building an understanding of an Agile mindset.

Step 1: What is an Agile mindset?

There are two explanations that have helped me to understand it. 

Definition 1- An Agile mindset is an approach to managing uncertainty (Ahmad Sidky)

  • Fail fast and learn fast that results in seeking learning opportunities
  • Decreasing uncertainty by exploring and learning
  • Learn and explore in an efficient way
  • Empower individuals and teams to use the collective wisdom

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Talk: Let’s make meetings greater again – An introduction to Agile Team Facilitation

How would you rate the meetings you have attended in the past? 1-5 stars. What did you like and what you wanted to improve? How was the participation and were you able to achieve its objective(s)? How was the decision made?

If you want to make your meetings greater again then this session is for you! Manager, Coach, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Technical Lead and any other role involved in organizing meetings.

This talk is an introduction to facilitating meetings effectively. let it be in an agile or non-agile environment. Team Facilitation done correctly can act as a powerful tool to create a safe environment to foster innovation where people can share ideas and feel more involved.

  1. What is Facilitation?
  2. What’s in the tool-box?
  3. Understanding Team and Meeting dynamics
  4. What are the different models available to keep in mind?

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My personal reflection on brain-based instruction and effective training design and delivery

In this post, I will compare and contrast what I knew about brain-based instruction and effective training design and delivery before I attended “Training from the BACK of the Room” with what I now know. (I am also a Certified Trainer for this course).

What were some assumptions I made about effective instruction that has changed since I took the class? How will these changes affect the ways I instruct others now?

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