Learn, Share and Grow with Community of Practices

Learn, Share and Grow with Community of Practices

Coming together is beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success[Henry Ford].

One of the biggest challenges many organizations face is harmonizing practices, processes and tools across teams and business units. And as organization scales sustaining the same culture across the organization becomes a key success factor, hence there is also a constant need for people to share knowledge and develop their craftsmanship by breaking the barriers of traditional boundaries. This is the purpose and role of guilds and huddles.

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Kudos you did an awesome job…

Kudos you did an awesome job…

Kudos, You made my day, thanks a bunch, appreciate it, keep doing good work 🙂

When was the last time you heard this from your peers or when was the last time you said something similar to your peers?

The feeling of being appreciated by peers makes you feel awesome, isn’t it.

Organizations need to create an environment which promotes peer recognition, an environment where people thank co-workers for jobs well done, post ‘Rappas’ as thank you notes or give small tokens of appreciation when a colleague makes you laugh. Such recognition’s need not necessarily be of monetary benefit. Dan Pink in his book says “When money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity.”

So, what can trigger intrinsic motivation?

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Exploration days fosters continuous Learning

Exploration days fosters continuous Learning

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Think different

-Steve Jobs

Innovation is one of the key pillar of Lean Agile Mindset. Innovation is an outcome of constant experimentation and exploration often associated with frequent failures. Innovation not necessarily mean creating something from scratch. One of the greatest motivation for people is the the feeling of learning and growth.

So what can organizations do to create a learning environment of openness and sharing?

Hackathon

Image Credit: Snapshot from Dan Pink’s Video

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Sprint Retrospective with Celebration Grids

“At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly”. Looks familiar, yes this is the 12th principle of “The Manifesto for Agile Software Development”.

Sprint Retrospectives are my all-time favorite among the other events of the Scrum Framework. And I am quite experimental with facilitation of the retrospectives for the teams I coach. Recently I learnt a very interesting technique called “Celebration GridsContinue reading “Sprint Retrospective with Celebration Grids”