“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

Description
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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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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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Talk: A nerd’s story from developing software to developing people – An Agile coaching journey

Regional Scrum Gathering, March 2019 India talk (given in the form of a webinar)

Replay the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6CCiv3Z0iY

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/devork/an-agile-coaching-journey-khurram-bhatti-rsg-india-2019

Talk Description

In 2003, I started my first internship at a small company. It was simple and yet amazing to integrate different open source products into a working solution to provide customer value.

It was not a picture cut into the puzzle pieces and ready to assemble again, however, it required some code understanding and interface tweaks to make the user application flow smoother and easier.

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To estimate, or to not estimate? – How to build a common understanding of product using estimations

tim-gouw-73926-unsplashWhen working in an agile team, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear  “Team Velocity“, or “Sprint Burndown“? and yes both are related to Estimation.

I’ve experienced that some agile teams found estimation useful while others considered it less beneficial to the team and process. However, for the management, perhaps it is important to know how the team is progressing on the Product/Sprint Backlog and achieving Sprint Goal. Thus “Team Velocity” and “Sprint Burndown” are there for planning purpose in terms of next Sprint velocity, release planning, resource planning, budgeting, and XYZ.

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