Motley says: "Affinity exercises? How do I work that sideways "8" into brainstorming?"

Summary   Motley:  Affinity exercises? How do I work that sideways “8” into design brainstorming?   Maven: Use affinity exercises for generating lots of ideas and prioritizing them. Define the topic, generate ideas, categorize, discuss, prioritize using dot voting, add up the votes, and create the summary. ______________________________   [Context: After the talk on team…

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Motley says: "Reflection is for mirrors" (Scrum Part IV)

Summary   Motley:  Reflection is for mirrors. We just finished a sprint. Why open up old wounds?   Maven: At the end of a sprint, do a demo for stakeholders, customers, and the team. Do a retrospective to reflect on what went well and what requires improvement. Continually improve the team from one sprint to…

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Motley says: "Human Performance Technology? I guess I better brush up on my robotics." (HPT Part 3)

Summary   Motley: Training is the best solution to most problems. If a developer doesn’t know how to do something, teach that person. Problem solved.   Maven: Training is only one solution, and may not be the best one. Consider Human Performance Technology and address the problem with a results focus from both an environmental/team…

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Motley says: "Human Performance Technology? Do I need a profiler for that?" (HPT Part 2)

Summary   Motley:  Human performance technology is about behavioral psychology? I have no background in that, so I can’t use it!   Maven: Leverage a very simple model that encourages root cause analysis and problem solving along 6 primary dimensions – expectations and feedback, tools and processes, incentives, knowledge and skills, capacity, and motivation. ______________________________…

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Motley says: "Consulting? I guess your answer from here on out is 'It depends'" (HPT Part 1)

Summary   Motley:  How could a consulting methodology help me? There’s no way – I work in a product company.   Maven: Human Performance Technology (HPT) is an effective consulting methodology that uses a simple process to identify the root cause of human performance issues and build creative solutions to those problems. ______________________________   [Context:…

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