30 April 2020

Me & Linkedin Connections; Tips to Build a Strong Network

Linkedin is a great resource, to find information on people, and connect to them, share some updates and expand. However, there are people that are not using it very effectively, they might be using it efficiently though ;-).

Below are my tips for building a strong network in Linkedin.

Random People

  • Do not add random people and hope for the best. If there is someone you are adding that they don't know you use the Linkedin web interface to add them as a connection. There is an option to add a note there. It gives the receiver an idea of who you are, and why you are connecting. 
  • If you are receiving a request from someone you don't know, I suggest you to use the Linkedin feature to send them a message (you don't have to pay for it), you can send messages for free for people adding you. This gives you a chance to build a better connection with them and stronger. It shows how important the connection is for you. 

People with a very large number of connections

  • If you see someone that added you with 10K connections, I would suggest reconsidering adding them immediately. Unless they are a VIP that you are very interested to be connected to, I recommend against accepting their connection request. I would send them a message and see if they respond back, then I will see based on the response to move ahead. 

People with mutual connections

  • It's best if you check with a connection to your new connection. Do get to know your connections any way you can. It will pay off.

It's an opportunity, at the end

  • After all, these that you have done to learn about your new connection, you finally make a decision to accept it or not. It's not the end of the world if you accept someone and then it becomes spam. It's easy, you can simply unfollow them whilst still being connected to them. Unfollowing them, make them able to send you messages but you wouldn't get updates from them. The worst-case scenario is that you can remove their connection. 

Final words:

If you build a strong network, it's a network that is connected to you most. You are in the center of it, and not on the border. It takes energy and time to build that. When you build it, it pays off. 

How many people do you know that has 5 times your network and when they share an update will only get as par or fewer likes than yours? 

How many people do you know in the same field with you that has many more connections than you but fewer recommendations or endorsement?

The above are the signs of a weak network. If you see those, apply the above suggestions moving forward to make yours a stronger one. 

30 March 2020

First Ever Lean Agile Virtual Lunch (Lean Coffee Style)

Necessity is the mother of invention. We did not invent anything per se, but we invented a new way of being connected to each other. In LAN, and because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are moving toward remote facilitated sessions. We had our first as a lean coffee. It was great to connect to people, we had visitors from Asia as well!

We talked about the following topics:

  • Suggestions for fun retrospectives with the entire team remote?
  • Remote Team Working Agreements, for teams that are forced to work remotely!
  • How to keep motivation high and not be lazy during these times
  • Remote facilitation/coaching experiences
  • Ideas to conduct a successful remote daily scrum meeting?
The resources we shared at the Lean Coffee session:

14 January 2020

Lean On Agile Podcast is Here! + My Top 10 Agile Podcast Recommendations

I am glad to announce that I started the Lean On Agile Podcast. It was due for the longest time. The first episode is about Agile Certifications and you can listen to it at Lean On Agile podcast.
Lean On Agile Podcast
You can also listen to the Lean On Agile Podcast on your favorite podcast player app. Some of them as follows:

The inspiration for the podcast came from 3 other thought leaders of Agile space, Amitai, Bob, and Esther. Agile in 3 Minutes is run by Amitai, Meta-Cast is run by Joshua and Bob, and the Law of Raspberry Jam and Tea from Viktor and Esther. Learning about Bob's journey was the final motivation needed for me to get the podcast started.

I started the podcast in December 2019. I utilized the holiday season to get all the foundations set up, make sure I know what I am doing, and create the right structure for a successful launch. I was lucky to get one episode done in Dec 2019. The first episode was about Agile Certifications, not my favorite topic. I wanted to share my thoughts and some of my personal journeys for the listeners. I really enjoyed talking about agile certifications at the end. It was a very easy choice to start the podcast with it. It was my MVP, if you may. I was able to see how many people are going to listen to it, how much feedback do I get. Also, it gave me an idea of how much more time do I need to invest in podcast material.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and other platforms. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Please let me know your suggestions, what are you looking to hear, and your topics of interest.

Now that we are talking about Podcasts, let me share the list of 10 (9+1) Agile Podcasts that I recommend:

The below podcasts are worth mentioning as honorary. They are not being updated for a while. However, there are good resources to listen to, still!
If you know of any good podcasts please comment below. I will listen if I have not already to them.