Challenges and Opportunities

Agile; Standup

New beginnings

By Emma Sharrock / January 12, 2021 / Comments Off on New beginnings

It’s the new year, and as we big goodbye to a challenging year, we are also gearing up for a new year. Often at this time of the year, we’re setting goals, or perhaps doing a Past Year Review. It’s a time of new beginnings, fresh starts. I love the ‘newness’ of the new year,…

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The Agile PM Past Year Review

2020 Past Year Review

By Emma Sharrock / December 17, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 Past Year Review

We have all had challenging years in the past. It may have been because of work, a relationship, a personal challenge or grief. But what was different about those challenging years was that although we found support from friends and family, our challenges were still our own. What makes this year different is the collective…

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Adapting vs Adopting

By Emma Sharrock / November 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Adapting vs Adopting

I realised this month that we have spent over half the year in ‘pandemic mode’. What was new has started to become the new normal. Is anyone struggling to remember what life was like prior to 2020? It’s been a big year so far. We have collectively endeavoured to make sense of a year full…

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The Fourth Quarter

By Emma Sharrock / October 16, 2020 / Comments Off on The Fourth Quarter

I don’t know about you, but September went by in a flash! So much happened in such a short space of time! What remained the same was continuous change. Spring in Victoria ranges from ‘it’s practically summer’ type heat to Antarctic winds and rain – and that’s just in one day. All during what has…

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Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Harmony/Relator

By Emma Sharrock / October 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Harmony/Relator

Like many of the people I have interviewed in Strengths in Uncertainty, Richard is someone I have followed for a while. His contribution to the Strengths community is incredible, and it was a thrill to interview him about his Strengths. Richard is best known for his product – Cascade. Cascade is described as a time-saving…

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Five things Project Managers & Change Managers can do to play nicely together

By Helen Palmer / September 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Five things Project Managers & Change Managers can do to play nicely together

Project Managers and Change Managers are professional practitioners that both work on projects. They often work together – though this isn’t always the pleasant and positive relationship it could be. As professionals they have deep knowledge of their fields, and are advocates for this disciplinary perspective – as is valid. Still it can be challenging…

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Being Kind and Continuous Change

By Emma Sharrock / September 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Being Kind and Continuous Change

August is a wonderful month. Firstly, it’s my birthday month, so it has to be wonderful. It is also a month that signals the end of winter and the start of Spring. It is a month of incredible change. The bitter cold of winter is still present, with hints of warmth and spring. Flowers start…

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Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Learner

By Emma Sharrock / September 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Learner

I have been a long-time fan of Helen Palmer’s work, having followed her on social media for a few years. Helen is an incredible thinker and action taker, and it was a thrill to interview her and gain insights on her strategies for learning and doing. Helen has completed the Gallup Strengths survey twice over…

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Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Significance

By Emma Sharrock / August 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Significance

The very first thing I remember about Charlotte was her response to an interview question on Gallup’s Called to Coach Webcast. It is a standard question asked of everyone interviewed on the show: “What are your Top 5 Strengths?” Charlotte’s response was “I can’t stop at just 5!” Then she listed her top 10 Strengths.…

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Strengths in Uncertainty – Connectedness

By Emma Sharrock / August 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Strengths in Uncertainty – Connectedness

Welcome to another edition of Strengths in Uncertainty! When I first started this endeavour, I thought hard about each Strength, and reflected on how each of my friends and colleagues might be using it. Connectedness is one of my top Strengths, and I can’t help seeing the connection between everything, which meant I realised early…

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July Bright Spots

By Emma Sharrock / August 11, 2020 / Comments Off on July Bright Spots

They say that change is not linear. We all say that. We all think that. We all know that. But DO we? Because when it comes to change, I know I am always a bit disappointed when things don’t go exactly how I wanted them to go. They take an unusual turn. Can you relate?…

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This is Me

By Emma Sharrock / August 7, 2020 / Comments Off on This is Me

It’s been a while between posts, and I wanted to connect with everyone reading them, especially my Strengths in Uncertainty Series. The interviews continue, but I’ve been finding myself going a bit inward to reflect on the connections I have made and the learnings that have come out of them.  I guess you could say…

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June Bright Spots

By Emma Sharrock / July 21, 2020 / Comments Off on June Bright Spots

It’s July and it’s been a challenging time. Who would have predicted last year that this time next year we would be experiencing a pandemic? A crisis of this proportion? I sometimes feel like I’m in a movie. Do you? I know that at some stage this period of time will be the focus of…

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Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Arranger

By Emma Sharrock / May 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Arranger

I only met JC last year, but it feels like I’ve known her for years. Her energy and enthusiasm for life are infectious, and every interaction I have with her leaves me with valuable learnings and feelings of positivity and hope. Our interview was a bit different from previous ones in that JC led with…

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Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Communication

By Emma Sharrock / May 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Strengths in Uncertainty Series – Communication

Welcome to another edition of the Strengths under Stress Series! I have to say I am loving the opportunity to explore my clients’ and friends’ Strengths at a deeper level and uncover how they are using their Strengths to get through this crazy time in their own, unique way. It goes to show that it…

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April Bright Spots

By Emma Sharrock / May 19, 2020 / Comments Off on April Bright Spots

Can you believe it’s May? And you know what, even if we weren’t amid a pandemic, I imagine I would still be writing this. Time is flying regardless of the events. I think when I write “can you believe it’s May?” it is with the tone of “I can’t believe it’s already May, and I…

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