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better than cup cakes

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Good ol’ fashion home baking back at my brother’s place, captured on the iPad, edited in Instagram, and shared via WordPress for iPad.

With tools like these for online work it makes the whole process a pleasure and the creative process feels more like playing entertaining games.

So how do you create that same feeling at work when the creativity of the team is key to success?

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sustainable pace

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A week on a boat around Brandenburg.

Life at 6km/h had it’s benefits as you watched life go by at a pace where the camera can catch it all.

It was a pace that took some adjusting to, but once you were there it allowed you to view things with a whole new perspective.

It felt like a pace that could be maintained indefinitely.

Creativity comes from a relaxed state of mind when thoughts are allowed to flow freely.

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individuals with one goal

20130522-223042.jpgWordPress app on the iPad makes the spontaneous blog update a cinch. Digging up older shots and came across this one.

Guitar shop heaven with a camera in my hand. What more does a wannabe guitarist photographer need?

Like a set of musical instruments a team operates at its best when all players engage together to achieve a common goal.

That goal needs to be made visible and progress towards the goal needs to be constantly communicated.

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beyond the impediments

The 50mm f1.4 lens from Sigma, my first fixed focus DSLR lens, allows details in shots I had never achieved beforehand.

Sure, zooming with your feet gets some getting used to but once you are over that photo taking is an absolute enjoyment.

The focus here was on the barbed wire, with a meadow of poppies beyond it.

More f1.4 50mm shots on Flickr

As a Scrum Team develops and increases it’s self organisation it will encounter impediments on the way. These impediments will appear as the Development Team and Product Owners engage closely to develop valuable releasable software Increment within the cadence provided by each Sprint.

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experiment early on

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An early morning photo opportunity in Yokohama while the streets ere still empty.

I actually wanted to catch the rising sun to the east. However the same cloud front that kept Mount Fuji from view blocked the sunrise too.

Next best thing was to shoot the main downtown through road while still traffic less and so “waiting for the Beatles” (original title) was created.

Building in experiments into the team’s activities is key to investigating new areas and determining new solutions.

Given agile operates in the complex system zone, it requires novel approaches to uncover new ways of thinking.

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customer delight

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Teatime has a very special meaning in Morocco and anytime is teatime.

Here a returning tea maid walks through the alleys in Marrakech, Morocco after serving a tray of mint teas.

Specially prepared in metal teapots and served with extra sugar, the tea takes time to get used to, but soon becomes part of the travellers daily refreshments.

Even the tea pouring is a customer event in itself. The pot is moved up and down above the cup to help cool the tea before drinking.

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deadlines kill creativity

quiet time @ café clockTaking time out for tea @ Café Clock “www.cafeclock.com” in Fes, Morocco and snapshooting with the iPhone.

Café Clock was built up by an Englishman who had fallen for the Moroccan way of life.

After a first attempt to buy a property failed he was shortly before leaving Morocco when the Café Clock property became available.

Now it is a major social meeting place in Fes with excellent locally inspired cuisine with an independent flair.

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presenting your product

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A rare opportunity to take a camera into Antwerp’s main art gallery led to viewing the exhibition in a broader art and art lover context.

This made the visit even more inspiring by allowing me to practice my art in a place of artistry.

The product review, whether to a product owner, stakeholder or customer circle is one of the key events in any iteration.

It provides the opportunity for the team to align on vision and release targets before looking at the current iteration. This is then done by engaging the stakeholders in an interactive review with a focus on the finished product increment.

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up front and transparent

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Playing around with the exposure led to the ownerless straw hat (our coach), floating above the clear glass bottles (our team).

More from design town antwerp on Flickr

As agile coach, trainer or scrum master it’s important to bring the team into the foreground.

Whether with stakeholders, customers, or simply helping them recognise that it is the team that counts.

Help them to be transparent with one another, as only through that openness and honesty will they truly operate as a single unit.

You can achieve this by acting as an extra pair of eyes, an observer one step removed from the main group.

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