Need a New Year’s fix? Try my Top 10 Tips for Trainers

Are you a trainer with a passion for continuous improvement? Do you believe that lifelong learning is a key to satisfaction and success? As for me, I do a moderate amount of training each year, and one of the things I love about training is that learning goes two ways. Each time I finish

Agile Coffee podcast, episode 51

Get to know the co-chairs for next April's Scrum Gathering in San Diego. This episode features Vic (@AgileCoffee) speaking agin with Kim Brainard (@agilebrain1). In July, the Scrum Alliance selected Kim and Vic to serve as co-chairs for next April's Global Scrum Gathering in San Diego. For more info on the gathering, visit

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 48

In memory of Jean Tabaka. Recorded at the Scrum Alliance's Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando, FL, this episode features nine voices. Vic (@AgileCoffee) was joined by eight fellow participants (all working with Agile/Scrum teams) to discuss some highlights of the gathering. Guests list: Stuart Young (@Stuartliveart) Laura Powers (@poweredbyteams) Kim Brainard (@agilebrain1) Stuart Fish (@fishstua) Jamie Crews (@jamie_crews)

Sign up now for Coaching Beyond the Team

Here in the USA, the summer travel season is heating up. Before you head off to exotic destinations, I want to let you know about a special opportunity right here in our area.  Esther Derby and Don Gray are offering their outstanding workshop, Coaching Beyond the Team, in Costa Mesa, Sept 13 & 14.  I

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 47

Recorded at the Scrum Alliance's Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando, FL, this episode features nine voices. Vic (@AgileCoffee) was joined by fellow participants (all working with Agile/Scrum teams) to discuss some highlights of the gathering (and CSP Fast Pass). Guests list: Brett Palmer (@brett_palmer) Aaron Kopel (@aakopel) Jason Tanner (@JasonBTanner) Leon Sabarsky (@LeonSabarsky) Anderson Hummel (@anderson_hummel) Things we'd

Using Dominoes for Scenario Play

If you're looking for a way to randomize a group and match them with scenarios for role play, I suggest trying dominoes. I've recently been speaking on the topic of pair-coaching, and in developing my workshop, I've been tinkering with using double-nine wooden dominoes. The face of a domino tile is divided into two ends,

My TakeAways from #TBR with Sharon Bowman

In the days leading up to the Global Scrum Gathering (Orlando, FL), the Braintrust Consulting Group organized a two-day Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) workshop just up the road from the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It was a fast-paced, high-energy two days with Sharon Bowman and 32 attendees, set in a

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 46

Recorded at Sharon Bowman's two-day Training from the Back of the Room (TBR) workshop in Orlando, FL, this episode features nine voices. Vic (@AgileCoffee) was joined by fellow participants (all working with Agile/Scrum teams) to discuss how TBR aligns with the training and coaching we do in our workplaces, communities and families. Guests list: Abid

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 41

... and the Oscar for best podcast goes to... Vic is joined by Zach Bonaker (@ZachBonaker) and Larry Lawhead (@LarryLawhead) at the Cape Rey in Carlsbad for a lively morning of Agile and Coffee. In this episode, our Agile heroes discuss: Fallacy of Training Shortcuts: no shu-ha-ri Irony of Agile and Technology Why

Agile Coffee podcast, episode 36

On July 25th, another successful 5Saturdays program wrapped up at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa, CA, and twelve students shared their takeaways with me on the podcast. These high-school-aged participants talked about the lessons learned over their five weekend sessions, focusing on job readiness and effective communications. Topics discussed include: applications of creative thinking tools for critical thinking facets of