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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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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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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Why Is Metaphor So Important In Coaching?

What’s important about metaphor? We hear metaphors all the time, don’t we? People talking about one kind of thing in terms of another kind of thing. For example, when someone says, “I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place,” they’re comparing their current situation, that they can’t decide between two things, to being stuck…

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Clean Language At A Glance

Could there be a Clean Language at-a-glance infographic? Visualmapper Wallace Tait asked this week if there was a Clean Language infographic, and that set me thinking. If there was one, what could it contain? The Clean Language Questions There are a few visual representations of the Core Clean Language questions out there. For example, when I used…

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Clean Language: Powering Up By Slimming Down

Clean Language can make expert communicators even better at what they do: it offers an upgrade to however you’re currently communicating. My friend and colleague James Tripp recently likened Clean Language to the Chinese martial art Bagua Zhang. Apparently the founder of that art taught its central piece, called “circle walking”, only to people who…

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What Is Clean Language… Not?

I’m often asked, “What’s Clean Language?” When I use that phrase, it has a specific, technical meaning. “Clean Language” may not be a great name, but it’s the generally-agreed name for David Grove’s precision enquiry toolkit for exploring people’s inner worlds, especially using metaphor. Defining what I don’t mean by the phrase “Clean Language” might make…

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