Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Valerie McLean believes that people, collaboration and communication can achieve amazing things. Currently spending her days as an agile coach and mum of one.

Weeknote 11 - Finding the balance

Weeknote 11 - Finding the balance

Short weeknote this week - I’ve got too much else to do! I had a great week this week though, I brought some of my workmates together in a first attempt to get them to know each other better and understand each other’s contexts and they start to work together. My band also played a lovely concert on Thursday night, it was standing room only! Mini McLean has been choked up with the cold since Thursday, so it has also been tiring…

What should I remember this week for?

Getting to know you session - bringing people together.

Word of the week:


Message of the week:

Ask for feedback. You don't know what you don't know.

Who taught me something or really made me think this week?

It feels like every conversation I’ve had this week has come down to balance. At work - finding the balance between everything from products and workload, to people and priorities. It’s tricky but I’m enjoying it. Outside of work - once these crazy few weeks of conferences are over finding a way to get some balance back into my own life.

Where did I find inspiration?

I don’t actually recall where exactly my inspiration came from, but I decided to mix it up a bit for my session at Agile Cambridge next week and I’m trying out a new format that will hopefully make the most of all the mad stories in my head - I’ll tell you about it in next week’s weeknote - don’t want to give away any spoilers.

What am I still trying to work out?

I’ve not long joined a new organisation - there are so many people to meet and speak to, to understand each perspective and figure out how the pieces fit together. At the getting to know you session, we asked for lots of feedback from the group and I think it’s super important to ask questions. It turns out some assumptions were correct and others were WAY off. So it’s always important and enlightening to just ask questions, get the feedback.

How can I be better next week?

The wait for these conferences is over, I just need to relax and enjoy myself, try not to get too stressed.

What am I looking forward to next week?

So much! I’m delivering my session ‘Agility for the masses’ at Agile Cambridge on Wednesday and my session ‘Prevention or the cure?’ at Scotsoft on Thursday, it’s going to be a busy week.


‘I wanna be like you’ from The Jungle Book. We played a selection from The Jungle Book at our concert on Thursday and this has been stuck in my head since.


Still Thinking in Systems - although I’ve not been doing much reading this week.


Actually watching the highlights of this weekend’s Formula 1 in Russia at the moment.

Weeknote 12 - Conferences coming out my ears

Weeknote 12 - Conferences coming out my ears

Weeknote 10 - Talk, talk, talk. Then celebrate.

Weeknote 10 - Talk, talk, talk. Then celebrate.