On workshops, taking bullets, and pre-recording yourself for video meetings.


This week I’m going to lean in with a question to YOU…

If there’s one blog post that I can write about (or curate) to help you, what would that be? Hit reply and let me know.

Here’s your What? Who? Where? When? Why? and How? for the week.

WHAT would happen if you pre-recorded yourself for video meetings?

Do you really need to be in your next video meeting? It’s quite tempting to see if there’s a way to “be” in a meeting without actually being in it. Jesse set out to prerecord himself in video meetings for an entire week without his colleagues noticing.

How I prerecorded myself in video meetings for a week | Jesse Orrall (7 minute video at CNET)

WHY? Why? Why? Why? Why?

When something happens in a project that affects its development, our go-to response is usually to fix the issue and move on. But, our work shouldn’t end there. If we do not want a repeat of the same (or similar) issue, it is critical to identify the root cause of what created the event.

The 5 Whys That Can Solve Your Real Problem | Ana Aranda Diaz (Text at Netmind)

WHEN are more than two pizzas too much?

The Two Pizza Team was popularised by Jeff Bezos who, in the early days of Amazon, instituted a rule that every internal team should be small enough that it could be fed with two pizzas. The goal was, like almost everything Amazon does, focused on two aims: efficiency and scalability.

Smaller, Flatter, Faster. Is The Two Pizza Team Finally Going Mainstream? | Paul Taylor (Text at Paul Taylor)

WHERE are you taking bullets?

During World War II, the Allies reviewed bullet holes of damaged aircraft returning from Germany during the Second World War. They wanted to strengthen the planes, to be able to withstand the battles even more. What should they recommend to their superiors?

Survivorship bias | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHO <context> wants <what> so that <value>?

It may sound obvious, but just thoroughly following the basic most popular format of writing stories can improve your process of gathering and elaborating requirements. A very helpful embellishment is to add context to your user stories—which means adding a new keyword to the basic structure

Anatomy of a User Story | Igor Arkhipov (Text at Medium)

HOW engaging are the workshops you’re facilitating?

Workshops are excellent for any situation that requires high levels of collaboration, commitment, and agreement between different participants. Yet a poorly executed workshop can generate conflicts, contribute to existing problems, and reduce confidence that the intended goals can be achieved.

How to Conduct Workshops that Keep Participants Engaged | Alfred Maeso (Text at Netmind)

Until next Sunday, keep growing,

— Joe

Chief Training Officer at the Business Change Academy
Editor for Inter-View Report and Podcast Host on OneSixEight FM.

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