Realizing the Value of Emotional Intelligence During COVID-19

By: Colleen Richter | Employee Relations Manager Working in Human Resources (HR) for over 15 years, I have learned a lot about emotional intelligence and emotional commitment and the effect they have on employees. What is the difference between emotional intelligence and emotional commitment, and why are they so crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic? According to Psychology Today, the definition of emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as…
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Affinity Sizing: Efficiently Sizing a Product Backlog

By: Giovanna Berry, CSP, PMP, MBA   One of the more overwhelming activities that need completing in Scrum projects is sizing the entire backlog or a larger quantity of user stories. To make this exercise less cumbersome and even a bit fun, try the affinity sizing method in a collaborative team session. We’ve had great success using this method to size large backlogs efficiently, in a way that keeps the entire team engaged. Let’s jump…
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Agile Improv for Team Engagement

By: Giovanna Berry | Director of Delivery We’re living in a time in history where team engagement is of utmost importance, yet one of the biggest obstacles faced in delivering innovative and quality solutions. To combat the disengagement of team members and monotony that can result from unchanging facilitation techniques within Agile teams, Agile improv games have emerged. Implementing Agile improv games among your teams is likely to yield highly positive results for your organization,…
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