Posts By: Fernando Palomo

Retrospectives series: Big event in a team

Here is a new idea for you, my friend facilitator, to try out in your next retrospectives. The core of format is based in a tool from my ORSC teachers from CRR and Augere, and I added some ideas over it. I have already applied this format a couple of times with success in authentic multidisciplinary teams. A strong commitment and smooth conflict

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Retrospectives series: Heaven and Hell

This is the second article of the retrospective series, I hope you enjoy it, find it useful and can apply it with your team soon. Please, leave some feedback when this actually happens! This retrospective is titled “Heaven and Hell”, soon you will learn why… USE This is a good retrospective format for teams who are

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Retrospectives series: le Tour de France

This is the first of a series of articles we will be posting in our blog about retrospectives formats, tips and advices. We will start with one based in “le tour de France”. Here is a link to the second of the series. USE This retrospective is specially created to gather data at the middle

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Challenges coaching multidisciplinary teams

It is a great concept this multidisciplinary thing: Create a single team with all the different people required to deliver a service, instead of having different knowledge areas doing their part independently. Make them work at the same pace. Have them focus on the same goal at a given moment. Remove extremely detailed documentation to

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Agilar as Belbin Team Roles Accredited professionals

Last February 2015, José Ramón Díaz and myself finished our Belbin Roles Accreditation Course. We had already used this technique, helping other accredited professionals to run the exercises with some of the teams we were coaching. After all this period, we can say that we find it a very useful and powerful tool to coach teams and

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10 ideas to facilitate company retrospectives

Last week I had to facilitate a retrospective with 90 people from the same company. I have to say that it was very challenging to be just one facilitator. I could count on the help of great guys to prepare it, and 2 people inside the organization supported me during the event.  The result was a

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Scrum teams: self-organizing or self-directed?

Recently I am facing discussions too frequently with different people about the meaning of a self-organizing team in SCRUM. I think there are some misunderstandings between self-organizing and self-directed teams. Let’s see… a self-organized team follows a goal ( that might or might not be shared ) defined by the P.O. and her stakeholders. The team

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My ball is my goal

Este es un juego para ayudar a organizaciones a entender el valor de tener objetivos compartidos, y demostrar que los grupos maximizan su rendimiento cuando marcan objetivos comunes por encima de la búsqueda de reconocimiento individual.Este juego debe realizarse en un espacio grande y cerrado. Dependiendo del material de las pelotas, puede ser muy ruidoso,

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Yet another niko-niko calendar

Recently, As part of the Coaching project Agilar is doing at King.com  , we introduced the usage of niko-niko calendars to offer awareness of the team’s mood. As usual, it’s being a very useful tool for everyone to understand in a glance how things are going, and help sharing the responsibility of improving the team’s

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