Challenges and Opportunities


5 Signs You Are Living Your Values

By Emma Sharrock / November 7, 2019 / Comments Off on 5 Signs You Are Living Your Values

A few weeks ago I shared an experience where I received both negative and positive feedback in the same week. One was an international award and one was from a stakeholder I had worked with briefly at the same time I was coaching the award winning team. I reflected at the time that both pieces of feedback…

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PMI Award Agile Team

Learning from Winning

By Emma Sharrock / October 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Learning from Winning

I truly believe that we never stop learning. And we can learn in the most unexpected situations, like a chance encounter with a long-lost friend. Or in a more expected situation, like a classroom. Often it’s a humbling experience, as many learnings come from failures – from experiments that didn’t go the way we thought…

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Agile; Standup

Showing up and winning

By Nicole Jones / October 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Showing up and winning

This has been one of my most exciting newsletters to write. Mainly because I have been sitting on news that I could not share until after the official announcement! A team I coached last year in Agile ways of working has won the 2019 Project Management Institute (PMI) Excellence Award. This is international recognition, and…

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Agile; Standup

Change is in the air

By Emma Sharrock / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Change is in the air

Can we really say it’s Spring? For those of us in the southern hemisphere, definitely! For our friends in the northern hemisphere, welcome to Fall! Your leaves are falling, and your weather is cooling, and it’s just warming up down here. Either way, we are all experiencing change. And like the seasons, we don’t experience…

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The Power of the Small Slice

By Emma Sharrock / August 29, 2019 / Comments Off on The Power of the Small Slice

Recently the focus of my coaching has been working with Agile teams to prioritise work. It’s been challenging. But not because ‘everything is priority #1’, but more because their work is too big. “But they HAVE to be big! It’s BIG work!” is a common answer, but do they? Is it? What would it mean…

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Agile; Standup

No update from me today

By Emma Sharrock / August 18, 2019 / Comments Off on No update from me today

I have a confession to make. Every month when I sit down to write this newsletter, I have the same worry: Do I have anything to say? Is any of it interesting? Relevant? What if I look back on my month and see nothing but crickets? Or not even crickets?? What will I say? I…

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Agile; Strengths

The Super Powers of your Agile Team

By Emma Sharrock / July 19, 2019 / Comments Off on The Super Powers of your Agile Team

*** Warning: Avengers End Game Spoilers in this post *** How talented is your Agile team? Short answer: Very. Longer answer: They most likely possess Super Powers. But did you know this? Recently I coached an extremely talented Agile team – let’s call them The Avengers. They are a high performing DevOps team working in…

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Agile; Standup

June Stand Up – Did you finish it?

By Emma Sharrock / July 9, 2019 / Comments Off on June Stand Up – Did you finish it?

And just like that… the first half of 2019 is done. What a fast six months! How has it been for you? As if the cold Melbourne weather wasn’t enough, I took a few trips to Tasmania to spend time with family and enjoy the Winter Feast of Dark Mofo – literally a celebration of…

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Agile; Strengths

Agile: Start with Talent, Finish with Strengths

By Emma Sharrock / June 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Agile: Start with Talent, Finish with Strengths

Recently I was certified as a Gallup Strengths Coach. This was especially exciting, as for years I had loved the concept of strengths; but even though I am an accredited coach, I was very much an ‘enthusiastic amateur’ when it came to strengths. My love of learning encouraged me to learn more, and passion for…

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Agile; Standup

What do you need to finish to end this FY successfully?

By Emma Sharrock / June 12, 2019 / Comments Off on What do you need to finish to end this FY successfully?

May was a great month for me. How about you? The cooler weather and autumn colours in Melbourne are not just hinting at winter but giving us a live demo! While I love the cool change, I took the opportunity to have a break in some warm weather—something I’ve not done in a long time.…

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4 Agile Myths and how to avoid them

By Emma Sharrock / May 28, 2019 / Comments Off on 4 Agile Myths and how to avoid them

In the past, I used to kick off most Agile capability sessions with some common Agile myths. I rarely do this now as so many of them have been debunked and most participants enter the room with an understanding that surpasses this need. However, in the course of my day to day coaching and training,…

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The Iteration of Why

By Emma Sharrock / February 22, 2019 / Comments Off on The Iteration of Why

The more I examine my NOT to do list, the more I notice the themes in criteria between my peak positive experiences, and also between my negative experiences. It has become a real proving ground for me to hone my WHY. What I’ve noticed is that there is a direct feedback loop between my actions,…

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Collaborate to Create (Hint: Don’t Criticise)

By Emma Sharrock / July 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Collaborate to Create (Hint: Don’t Criticise)

As leaders in an increasingly Agile world, it is crucial for us to develop a culture where building on ideas and acknowledging contributions is not just reserved for collaboration sessions. It is about living that culture all the time, and supporting each other to continuously improve. One of the greatest challenges I see when I’m…

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8 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Agile Coach

By Emma Sharrock / April 30, 2018 / Comments Off on 8 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Agile Coach

“Agile” has become a leadership buzzword as it continues to expand from being a strictly IT methodology to a business enabler. As with many new industries that create a sharp upturn in demand for certain skills, there has been a rapid increase in people calling themselves ‘Agile Coach’. It is impossible to become an expert…

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agile, teamwork, coach

How to Coach an Awesome Team

By Emma Sharrock / September 8, 2017 / Comments Off on How to Coach an Awesome Team

Introducing a team to Agile concepts and ideas is one of the most satisfying things I do as an Agile Coach. The idea that I can show a team strategies, tools and techniques that will make a difference to the way they work is brilliant. Even tools like visualising work and putting more rigour into planning…

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agile, leadership, change

Don’t Force it – Allow it instead

By Emma Sharrock / August 24, 2017 / Comments Off on Don’t Force it – Allow it instead

The other day during a yoga class I found myself in an unfamiliar position. A kind of twist and stretch that had me questioning if the human body is supposed to do that. As I attempted to breathe calmly, I noticed much huffing and puffing in the room as others similarly found this position unfamiliar. The…

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