Category Archives for Retrospective

But it was the Perfect Storm! How to Unlearn your Learned Helplessness

“It was the perfect storm.” “That’s just the way things are here.” “That won’t work for us; we’re too different.” “It’s a catch-22.” “There’s too much history.” If you are hearing these phrases at your organization, chances are it may be suffering from learned helplessness. What is learned helplessness you ask? It’s basically when we have difficulty both identifying and unlearning bad habits. We can no longer see anything as an opportunity for change. We come up with reasons for why something can’t or isn’t working instead of coming up with ways it could work. We (sometimes) unknowingly derail any true progress because of the intrinsic helplessness we feel after being shut down so many times. We just cannot see a way out of this vicious spiral. Continue reading

24. September 2017 by Natalie Warnert
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Why I can’t always give real time feedback

Feedback is great. Feedback is a gift. Yeah, yeah. I’m an Agile coach. Giving feedback to teams, managers, leadership, and organization is my job. But hey, I’m sorry that I can’t always give it to you immediately. It doesn’t exactly work that way. Continue reading

13. December 2016 by Natalie Warnert
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Not everything needs to be “value-add” time

Busy. I’m busy. I’m too busy. I don’t have time to think – hell, I barely have time to sleep. Between work commitments, friend commitments, relationship commitments, and building my own brand, I am left with little time for myself. I’ve gotten into a pattern of trying to make every second add value (work-type value). What does it turn into? Burn out and ineffectiveness, and that is not what anyone wants or needs. Continue reading

01. November 2016 by Natalie Warnert
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[Conference] feedback is a gift, huh? Then GIVE it to me [on paper]!

I’ve heard so much about feedback in my life. It’s a gift, always say thank you, continually ask for it…But let’s be honest, giving good feedback is kind of a pain and it’s hard to be good at giving it, especially in a “form” setting. I’m talking about conferences, and coming out of Agile2016 I’m assuming many of you know what I’m talking about. Continue reading

04. August 2016 by Natalie Warnert
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Catalyst for change – grieving the loss of what we thought we knew

There are certain events and people that make you see things more clearly. These are catalysts for change, change agents, breaths of fresh air, or taking off the rose colored glasses/beer goggles. As Agile coaches that is our job, to show teams that what they have been doing is not the only way of doing it. That there are other ways to see things. But what about the actual change? And what about the process that teams have to go through to get to the same vantage point? How do we address the grief cycle they need to go through? Continue reading

19. July 2016 by Natalie Warnert
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