Tell Your Problems to the Duck

Linda Rising gave a great talk last night at Agile New England. Her topic was problem-solving and decision-making. One of her points was to discuss the problem, out loud. When you talk, you engage a different part of your brain than when you think. For us extroverts,...

What Do You Do When You’re Stuck on a Problem?

We encounter problems all the time. Some we can resolve on our own in a couple of minutes. Some take more time, and/or we can’t resolve them alone. What do you do then? I’ve had a policy for about twenty years for when I become stuck. If I’m stuck for more than twenty...

Who Removes Your Obstacles?

In self-organizing teams, teams remove their own obstacles. It’s a good idea. It can be difficult in practice. In Scrum, the Scrum Master is supposed to facilitate removing the team’s obstacles that the team can’t remove. It’s a good idea. It...