The following autobiographical interview is taken from the Medika.life health and wellness publication and repurposed for Medium.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you born, and do you still live in your birth country? Tell us a little about your family and what made you choose your current field.
Hello and welcome! My name is Lisa Bradburn; let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in the north end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. …
Let’s face it, today’s world looks nothing like the twentieth century. And advice columns must stay in touch with current societal needs, authored by people with credentials and experience from the health and mental health community — not someone who prides themself on being ‘friendly.’
In this new series, we meet everyday people who are experiencing a particular challenge in their lives. These individuals seek a little guidance and professional support from the therapeutic community without having to undergo therapy.
Today we speak with Peter, who confronts ageism for the first time in his life. He is angry and wants to know his rights.
A Product Owner is the most critical role on an agile delivery team. Not only is the PO essential in maximizing the return on investment for high-value initiatives, but Product Owners are also customer-obsessed, doing whatever is necessary to build the best product possible.
And for these reasons, an organization must hire the right Product Owner, one that not only encompasses the values of the company, someone who is confident in their ability to make decisions based on data and expert domain knowledge.
Here are fifty original Product Owner interview questions, guaranteed to make any seasoned PO think twice about…
Have you ever worked on an agile team and noticed new features and stories were slipped into the pipeline without the consent of the Product Owner? What behaviors unfold between the Product Owner and the person responsible for adding work under the radar?
The following case study presents a scenario between two people with competing priorities challenged with interpersonal conflict. We conclude the study with ten thought-provoking questions.
Sam is a Development Manager who works on the peripherals of an agile team. While he is not actively involved with the day-to-day work, he manages the developers within the matrix environment…
In April 2021, I wrote a post introducing the C-Suite Retrospective, arguably my favorite agile event due to the retro’s ability to gain fresh insights into how team members view the enterprise, program, and team.
Last week I facilitated a C-Suite Retrospective with the team I’m currently engaged with and want to share the highlights and effectiveness of this type of innovative session.
I hope to inspire other teams to experiment with the uniqueness of the C-Suite Retro. …
One evening at the dinner table, a spider ran across the kitchen ceiling above my dad’s head. I was shy eighteen months old, seated in my high chair diagonal to him. My mom mentioned the spider to my dad, and he jumped up to fetch the fly swatter. Unfortunately, when he whacked the spider and missed, the arachnid fell directly down his shirt.
You have never seen a grown man fly into such wild hysterics, my dad, the strong protector, now reduced to a screaming mess. …
We all want to work on a team that encourages people to find interest in one another, one where we can form relationships built on trust and the courage to say or do what is on our minds and hearts with complete freedom. Sign me up!
Below are three different yet wholly engaging experiments to encourage curiosity, trust, and courage on agile teams. Each exercise can be modified for in-person or through video-conferencing.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. ― Albert Einstein
Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such…
Have you ever been publicly shamed? Is the circumstance so vivid in your mind; every time it replays, you grimace and feel the pain of the event over and over? I have.
The following story is about a man in a position of power who used shameful tactics to get what he wanted. I discuss my emotional response followed by three ways to get your point across without resorting to shameful behavior.
We all want to belong, whether our longing is to find space at work or to fit in with family. What happens when the line becomes blurred? What if we view the organizations we work for as a family?
The following case study demonstrates a scenario where people who have spent most of their careers within a corporation think and act as if their coworkers are family. We conclude the scenario with ten thought-provoking questions.
Nilah has worked for Duggan Financial for over fourteen years, having joined the organization after leaving university. Given her longevity with the company, she has…