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What did you learn today?

Today by the campfire I thunk a thought to share with you.

If a simulation teaches something about real life, how much more does real life teach?
(Profound, huh?!? <grin>)

Put another way: if people can learn so much from a simulation why can’t they learn the same lessons from real life?

Of course, they can.  But most don’t.  But imagine if you could?

Each project would be a source of new learning.
Each outage would hold new learnings.
Each success and failure would act as a schoolmaster, opening new lessons for you and your team.

You need to turn experiences into learnings.  And you need to learn how to help your team do that.

If you could do that your team would be unstoppable.  

Honestly, that was probably the biggest lesson I learned from conducting the workshop.  Learning how to guide your team from experiences into learning is probably the biggest meta-takeaway the workshop participants got.

Agile retrospectives?

If some of you think this sounds like the goal of an agile retrospective, I would agree with you.  But I rarely see them accomplishing that goal.  Learning how to guide your team to take an experience to a new learning takes some skill and practice on your part.  And participating first hand is a great way to build that skill.

What would it look like if your team regularly learned from their experiences?

About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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