In a recent conversation with Ervin (Earl) Cobb on my podcast, KnolShare with Dr. Dave, I learned the metaphor of Gumbo provides a lens to see how we can help leaderless leaders to find their mojo.  Gumbo is a Cajun soup popular in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  There are different types of Gumbo to satisfy…

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Pain: Team Toxin – Blaming Team toxins are a natural part of team dynamics.  It is a natural human condition that requires intentional actions to reduce the effect on the team.  One toxin that affect team dynamic is blaming. There will be people who will blame other people or the organization for their own failures.…

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Pain: Poor Quality I remember taking over a project and listening to a customer say, “this is the worst software product I have ever used, and no one will do anything about making it better.  It is so bad that I will not even bother telling you about it anymore.” Poor quality is a systemic quality…

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Pain: Over Commitment / Opportunistic Thinking Why is it that we commit to so much work at the beginning of each Sprint and we are never finished by the end of the Sprint? Gain: Iteration and Increments Some teams are very optimistic about committed work.  Doing work in small batches provide the team with the…

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