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29 Feb 2012

Designing a Facilitator training - Part 2

In the first post of this series, I gave you an overview of the design principles and an outline of the actual workshop. Meanwhile I've been through a couple of iterations of the training. I incorporated a lot of valuable feedback and like to give you a little more detail on the current version. So in this part, I'll write about both the preparation and the first two sections of the workshop. Hopefully you will find this useful for your own trainings.

Setting the stage

Let's start with the preparation. I decided to use a flip chart for presenting the workshop's material...

17 Aug 2011

Code Dojo Extreme

Extreme Startup - Flipchart

Among the things we brought with us from XP 2011, Robert Chatley's and Matt Wynne's Extreme Startup game sounded like the most fun. While I unfortunately missed the session back in Madrid, Christian, a colleague of mine, was extremely enthusiastic about it. So tonight, we gave it a try at our company internal Code Dojo. What can I say? I never knew that stress could be so much fun.

What's that thing about?

If you haven't heard about Extreme Startup yet, you can think of it as a programming...

30 Jul 2011

Designing a Facilitator training - Part 1

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how
to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts
its behavior accordingly.

from Principles behind the Agile Manifesto

I believe that the ability to inspect and adapt is one of the essential assets of an agile team. When we discussed about what we could do to help our teams to improve this aspect of their work during one of our internal Open Spaces, we came up with the idea of enabling more of our colleagues to facilitate retrospectives in their branch offices. As I do a...

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