Category Archives for Women In Agile

Sponsorship vs. Mentorship – what’s the difference?

There are many articles out there that talk about the importance of having a mentor, especially for women. Sheryl Sandberg discusses it in Lean In. Companies have mentoring programs for new employees, employees who have been there for awhile, and veteran employees. There is co-mentorship, reverse mentorship, peer mentorship, executive mentorship and every type of mentorship in between – but what we’re missing is sponsorship. Continue reading

18. February 2015 by Natalie Warnert
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The battle I’m sick of fighting

A rant about estimates, #noEstimates, relative estimating, story points, ideal days. You might learn something or more likely will just be mildly entertained. What else did you expect for a return from a 6+ month hiatus? Oh and also a sneak peak into my research project and how YOU can get involved — check back in March. Continue reading

04. February 2015 by Natalie Warnert
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The Dos and Don’ts of Conference Attendance – Retrospective on Agile2014 in Orlando, FL

Agile2014 marks another Agile conference this year. As usual it did not disappoint. This year was extra special because I was able to be a reviewer for the Collaboration, Culture and Teams session track and was also selected to present my session on the UX Runway. It was great to once again catch up with old friends and meet new ones; even some from my home state of Minnesota! Some Women in Agile also got together for an impromptu session in the Open Jam area and though I was not able to make it, I heard great things! After attending many conferences over the past few years I wanted to make a list of some of the things I’ve learned for how to get the most out of your time there. Continue reading

03. August 2014 by Natalie Warnert
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Co-presentation with Leslie J. Morse at SGNOLA – advice and retrospective

I spent the beginning of this week at the Scrum Gathering – New Orleans (SGNOLA). As always, it proved to be a great time full of culture, learning, networking, and fun. I like to do recaps after conferences sometimes: first to ensure that I don’t lose what I captured, and second to share my thoughts with those who were unable to attend. The highlight of SGNOLA was my co-presentation with Leslie J. Morse: Can Definition of Ready make Scrum “The Big Easy?” Continue reading

09. May 2014 by Natalie Warnert
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Review of Lean In book

In a break from my personal branding series I have posted a review of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg on the Women In Agile site. There are some book club type questions to get the discussion started. I’d love to hear what others are thinking, good or bad. Enjoy! Continue reading

11. October 2013 by Natalie Warnert
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