Metaphor

Filling Your Facilitator Toolkit With Clean Language

Recently I’ve done lots of workshops introducing Clean Language to Agile coaches, facilitators and trainers. When I ask why they signed up, many of them share the same metaphor: they wanted more tools for their facilitator toolkit. Of course, as we soon discover, each of them means something slightly different by that phrase. No two …

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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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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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How To Use Metaphor To Speed Up Communication

How can you use metaphor to speed up communication? It can be as simple as asking the Clean Language question, “… and that’s like… what?” I’m so immersed in working with metaphor that I sometimes forget how powerful it can be.┬áIain McGilchrist calls it “the money of thought,” Stephen Pinker “the stuff of thought,” I …

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