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Navigating the Volatile, Unexpected, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA)

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What do you do when you have a “perfect” plan laid out for your day and then…. A customer/client/patient needs something urgent? A child or family member gets sick and needs your support? The internet is out for half the day in the office? The key information you need from a collaborative partner is delayed? And on… And on… Your reactions to those situations are…

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Reimagining Workplace Well-being

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I am an avid reader, and one that I read that received a permanent spot on my office bookshelf is Reimagining Workplace Well-being by Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH. Given our team’s focus on our vision “Don’t Let Grants Stress You Out,” the connections between our workplace purpose (helping YOU!) and also ensuring that our team is working at a sustainable pace and not just avoiding…

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And Then Life Happens

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Have you ever had *the best* laid plans for your work? Or maybe for your whole team?   And. Then. Life. Happens.   The state releases numerous unexpected RFPs for grant funding all due around year-end holidays.   The keynote speaker gets sick and is unable to fly to your event tomorrow.   A water main breaks in your neighborhood, and so all businesses, schools,…

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The Tools Don’t Make You Agile

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One of the most common questions our team is asked is, “Which project management tool is best for us?”   The answer is that it depends… …It depends on what software your team already uses and is comfortable with. …It depends on what sort of tools your team already uses that you may want to have integrations with. …It depends on how your team prefers…

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Using Other Names for the Scrum Master Role

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A common question in our Agile in Nonprofits training is if the organization/team *has* to use the name Scrum Master for that role within the team. It is called out as such in the Scrum Guide, but individuals/team/organizations asking this question are usually concerned with using the phrase ‘master’. While there have been numerous updates to the Scrum Guide in the 30 years since Scrum…

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