“How do you want to spend 35-40% of your day at work?” – co-creating a team culture

On average a person spends 8.5 hours per day and according to various studies probably productive for three hours only.

How often do you reflect if you are in a growth environment or contributing to an environment where you can grow. An environment where you are learning, experimenting new ideas, and having fun at the same time. Where you have psychological safety. One way I have experimented with creating psychological safety and designed team alliance is by talking about team values.

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ARE Model – How to align roles and expectations in a team

In this post I will be sharing my experience on how I’ve facilitated workshops for several teams to align on roles and expectations. I haven’t come up with a fancy name for it yet! Respecting simplicity so naming it Align(ed) Roles and Expectations (ARE) Model. “We ARE Team” tada!

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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

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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.

Link to video recording: https://www.facebook.com/AgilePKOfficial/videos/231385974612151

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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