How To Use Clean Language To Develop A System Metaphor

Metaphor isn’t a new thing in the world of software development. As I’ve been increasingly working with Agile coaches in the last couple of years, I’ve been hearing about Agile’s precursor, XP – Extreme Programming, and how “it used to use metaphor, but people didn’t understand it so they dropped it”. Agilists love Clean Language.…

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Should I Use “Proper Powerpoint”?

I’m in a dilemma. Should I use “proper Powerpoint” for my Virtual Team Building talk at Agile By Example tomorrow? I was pretty determined to do so, changing my strong preference for flipchart-only. It seemed like a no-brainer: I’m talking about metaphor, and using visuals; these Agile enthusiasts are passionate about visualising everything; therefore I…

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How To Build A Clean Language Habit

What’s the best way to build a Clean Language habit? How can you make it part of your everyday work – in the easiest possible way? When people first encounter this precision inquiry toolkit, they get very excited. They realise that Clean Language can help them to gain clarity, quickly, including about the things people…

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The 9 Best Ways To Engage Participants On Conference Calls

What are the best ways to engage participants on conference calls? Yesterday I was teaching a team from the RSA some remote facilitation basics, and I shared this little list: Prepare well and appear organised Explain why you’re doing/suggesting things Share tasks such as note-taking, timekeeping Poll individuals Use video Use visuals (such as the…

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Shaking Up The World Of Soft Skills

My adventures of the last few weeks have left my head spinning. I’m awash with new ideas after my keynote slot at ALE17 in Prague, and the conversations which have spun out from that. I love how the Agile community “gets” Clean Language. It instantly resonates with them, and they find it profoundly useful. It…

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My Groups Keep Making This Clean Language Mistake. Why?

It happens every time. The same mistake. Every time. And, it’s starting to dawn on me that there’s actually something interesting going on when it happens. Here’s the scenario. I take a group through their first experience of asking, and being asked, the Clean Language questions. I start the debrief, “What happened when you were…

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The Key To Controlling Your Virtual Team

If you lead a virtual team – a group of workers that’s geographically dispersed – you probably worry about what work they’re actually doing. Almost half of remote professionals list that lack of visibility as a top concern. Maybe you wish you had more visibility, and more control. It is possible to use technology to generate…

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What Is Clean Language?

What is Clean Language? If you’re interested in understanding people, how they think and how they change, you’ll want to know about Clean Language. It’s an impressively versatile tool. Here are six of the ways it can be used: To harvest information from another person: what they know, what they think, how they feel To…

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