“Plussing” – Learning and Working in a Collaborative Environment

tl;dr: No one says, “No, but…” Only, “Yes, and…” Instead of subtracting… plussing. It’s About Iterating On Ideas Plussing is a technique that allows people to iterate on ideas without using harsh or judgmental language.  While used typically in teams and on the ideas of others, it works equally well …

Setting Agile Team Expectations and Agreements

By communicating clear expectation and agreements,  teams create an environment where positive norms – rather than default habits – become their operating guidelines. Think of the “Team Agreements” as the glue that helps binds a team together. This glue: Fosters trust and openness Creates a common vision Generates a nutrient rich environment for …

A Clear “No” Can Be More Graceful Than a Vague or Noncommittal “Yes”

Sometimes the right (or at least initial) response to a request for action “now” is “No.” – It’s far easier to say “yes” later on…
On the other hand, maybe you don’t even have to choose between “Yes” and “No” particularly if you’re trying to initiate a conversation.

Note and Vote: Effective Collaboration and Teamwork

What is “note and vote”? Note and vote (aka Nominal group technique (NGT)) is a structured method for brainstorming/decision making that encourages contributions from everyone. Why this technique? In a synchronous discussion (aka a meeting) where the goal is problem identification, solution generation, and/or decision making, things can quickly derail …

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