I'm sure a lot of you who aren't native English speakers might be wondering what a brown bag session is, so let's start with that. The brown bag refers to the brown paper bag traditionally used to bring a sandwich or other lunch items. To complete the reference, a brown bag session is therefore a short (usually 1 hour) session over lunch or light dinner during which a specific topic can be presented or discussed.
Recently we came to hear that Dr Christopher Avery would come around to present his new book.
Without hesitation from within Co-Learning we took the opportunity to organize a workshop given by Christopher himself.
I guess you might be wondering why I’m that enthousiast about a person coming over to Belgium.
A few months ago I was on an assignment where there was a clear request to use physical cards for their stories. It helped to give an overview by laying them on a large table. Always good to hear that people are thinking out of the box when searching for ways to visualize their work.
In a previous article, I’ve talked about an elegant experiment from 1962 we’ve re-done.
At the moment of writing this article, we’ve completed 2 dry runs: One with a small group of students, and one bigger group of agile coaches, managers and scrum masters.
We got plenty of feedback, and improvement is on its way.
Lately I discovered an interesting experiment described in a book about transparency by Warren Bennis. It was not that much in detail, but the references -as in all good reads- were well mentioned.
The experiment we’re talking about was done in 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.
I recently attended a 3 day class on Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) by James Priest and Liliana David. This pattern language, based on Sociocratic and Agile principles, radically challenges a number of behaviours we see in companies and collaborative structures.
One of the recurring questions throughout the training was: "How do you make sure everyone is heard in the decision making patterns described in S3?". The answer seems very simple: Artful Participation (and an observant facilitator).