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Here our team members share their knowledge and insights on leadership, agile, teams, mindfulness, and organizational transformation to help you along your continuous improvement journey, as you move the needle a little each day.

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Partnerships Build Spacecraft
 
Partnerships Build Spacecraft
By: Darren Hoevel As it turns out, it wasn’t the launch (or lack thereof) of SpaceX’s first American commercial crewed rocketed spacecraft on May 27th that got me giddy about the future of space travel and beyond. In and of itself, Launch Day was an exciting one for my family (people are actually getting launched…
Reminder: Keep an Open Mind
 
Reminder: Keep an Open Mind
If we generally surround ourselves with (and follow on social media) people who share our same views, we’re limiting our chances for thoughtful conversation, restricting our perspectives, and hindering opportunities to grow.
Don’t wait for the perfect time.  Start by visualizing the work.
 
Don’t wait for the perfect time. Start by visualizing the work.
If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start an agile initiative or to launch a pilot program, you may be waiting quite for a while. You’re just going to jump in and start untangling the hairball of workstreams, roles, and Work in Progress (WIP).
Certifiably Certified
 
Certifiably Certified
By: Darren Hoevel I’m up to something like 5,000 contacts on LinkedIn (I’m a people person, damnit!).  It’s safe to say, I don’t have close professional relationships with all of them… yet.  Still, I was a little surprised when I shared some thoughts in a post a few months ago that someone responded by saying,…
The Unspoken Practice of Agility
 
The Unspoken Practice of Agility
By: Darren Hoevel Last week I hosted an Agile Lunch and Learn for a government client. As this client is relatively new to agile principles and practices, our Lunch and Learns have typically been about topics like Kanban, Story Writing, and Agile Roles. This time, however, I introduced everyone to mindfulness. One person raised their…
When Your Scrum Team is Not Delivering
 
When Your Scrum Team is Not Delivering
Sometimes the art IS in how perfectly you can follow a framework. Following the “rules” is especially important when your scrum team is not improving or when your “doing” agile and still can’t seem to deliver. Most likely, your team’s practices go against the values and principles (the framework, the rules) of agile

Upcoming Dare to Lead Courses

Based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ teaches you the collection of four courage-building skills that are teachable, measurable, and observable, and by the end of the course you will be able to move from armored leadership to daring leadership! Check out the details of our three-day course, then join us at one of our upcoming sessions in the D.C. Metro area.


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8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Be sure to catch Darren Hoevel and his session on Daring Leadership at Agile After Dark in Baltimore on March 25, 2020 and InnoVAte Virginia 2020 on March 27, 2020!

 

Darren Hoevel and Bryan Miles are talking Adaptive Leadership at InnoVAte Virginia 2020 on March 27, 2020 and at University of Maryland's Project Management Symposium on May 9, 2020!

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