Decision Tree tool, creating strong local communities, building your Agile toolkit and our new Agile Coach.

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Boost. The power of positive impact

8 October 2018

The toolkit issue

In this issue we share our Decision Tree tool and a community arts toolkit we’ve created for Creative New Zealand, and we show how you can enhance your career by building up your Agile toolkit. Plus, you'll meet our new Agile Coach and learn why he has a better understanding of scrums than most people.

Diagram of the decision tree showing the four decision types: leaf, branch, trunk and root. Click to view full PDF with criteria and examples.

Empower your team to make the right decisions

Research shows that empowered teams perform better and are more satisfied at work. So how do you empower your team to make the right decisions in the right way?

At Boost we do this using the Decision Tree. We have Leaf, Branch, Trunk and Root decisions, based on the increasing impact that the decision may have on the company. Picking a leaf is low impact, while cutting a root is high impact. 

Here’s the formula: As the possible impact on the business increases, get more people involved in the decision and its implementation.

To help people understand which type of decision they’re facing, and how to go about making that decision, we’ve put together an at-a-glance breakdown of the criteria, along with simple examples of each type.

Get your Decision Tree tool and examples (PDF)

Community Arts Toolkit on a desktop and a mobile phone. Click to view the case study.

How to build a strong and creative community

The Community Arts Toolkit we developed for Creative New Zealand has been getting an awesome reaction.

“A brilliant, essential resource.”
Arts Access Aotearoa

“A great resource for anyone developing a local project.”
Carterton District Council

“A precious asset.”
Arts Regional Trust

The toolkit is an online best-practice guide that inspires and guides Kiwis to create successful community arts projects. These projects help develop the connections, skills, jobs, cultural identity and knack for problem-solving that we need to succeed as a creative nation.

It’s a great case study on how thinking about what will best engage your audience helps you get the positive outcomes you’re aiming for.

How Creative New Zealand built the Community Arts Toolkit  →

Playing the paper plane game in the Agile Professional Foundation. Click to preview the course on YouTube.

Preview the training on YouTube  →

Putting the fun in the Agile fundamentals

Our October Agile Professional Foundation course is now fully booked.

Next APF: 24–25 February

To make sure you don’t miss out on this ICAgile-certified training, book your seat today. You’ll spend two days learning the fundamentals of Agile and how you can apply them when you get back to work. Fun, hands-on exercises show how Agile works in practice and you’ll get the chance to see working Agile teams in action.

It’s a valuable opportunity to give your energy levels a kick and your career a lift.

Learn more or book now

Boost Agile Coach Sean Romans. Click to view his Wikipedia page.

From Scrum Half to Scrum Master

Former Junior All Black Sean Romans has joined the team at Boost, making the transition from Scrum Half to Scrum Master. As a career move, it's not as unusual as it might first seem.

The one-time Otago, Highlanders and Nottingham half back was attracted to Agile by the values it shares with rugby: coming together as a team in a high-trust environment, working towards common goals and relying on frequent feedback to get better all the time.

When not moving the Scrum forward, Sean relaxes by playing the guitar (comforting) and practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu (slightly more outside his comfort zone).

Check out Sean on Wikipedia  →

Our next Agile Professional Foundation runs on 24–24 February
Get the skills to deliver more value, faster.

Sign up now


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