Contractors and Consultants and Coaches (Oh My!)

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Contractors, Consultants and Coaches are often interchangeably used terms for externally provided people who help, and in some languages, the terms aren’t differentiated at all. However, they are different skillsets, involving a progressively changing focus of...

Quick Tip: Coaches Hold Back!

As a Lean/Agile coach, I want my team members to take turns running all the key ceremonies; Standup, CFD, Retrospective, Planning Poker and so on. It works better that way. It’s like my mother always told us kids: Family Hold Back to let the guests go first.

Frequent Repetition: The Key to Learning Improvement

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Lean Improvement is a complex skill, requiring new instincts and new behaviours. Effectively learning how to do it takes regular frequent exercise. Walking is a remarkably tough thing to do. Think about it — you’re essentially pushing yourself off balance and...

Anger is Inevitable in Improvement: Work With It

Anger is Inevitable in Improvement: Work With It
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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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When we’re working through improvement cycles, we’re exposing ourselves to all the pain of the current state, and it’s easy to get stuck there, in a tar-pit of negativity, anger and pain. Handled — and more significantly, timed — right though, and...

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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