In this episode, Frederik shares a story about a software development team that self-destructed due to a lack of collaboration and issues with code quality. The team had differing opinions on code quality but failed to openly address the problem, leading to slow progress and frustration. Frederik provided tips such as visualizing the problem, having individual meetings with team members, and promoting feedback sharing. He facilitated a retrospective on communication using the “Stinky Fish Canvas” method and encouraged anonymous data collection to surface issues. The episode emphasized the importance of addressing code quality concerns, fostering collaboration, and creating a culture of open communication within teams.
Featured Book of the Week: Crucial Conversations: Tools for talking when the stakes are high by Grenny et al.
In this segment, Frederik discussed his favorite book, “Crucial Conversations: Tools for talking when the stakes are high” by Grenny et al. Frederik emphasizes its importance for collaboration with management and leadership. He highlighted that the book provides a model for conducting effective conversations and emphasized the need to continuously ensure a safe space within conversations. Frederik noted that the book offers valuable tools for structuring conversations and recommended using them to understand others’ thoughts and perspectives. Additionally, we also refer to a related book, “Crucial Accountability” by the same authors, which provides further insights on handling accountability in crucial conversations.
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About Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse
Frederik is a Certified Team and Enterprise Coach at the Scrum Alliance. He works and lives in Belgium. He is part of the company iLean. Frederik has worked as Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Agile Coach. He works with teams and leadership to improve collaboration, flow, and learning. Frederik co-organizes the XP Days Benelux conference – this year, in 2023, the conference has existed for 20 years. He is also a regular speaker at local and international conferences.
You can link with Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse on LinkedIn.