Every app that I help make at Bottle Rocket always has a certain moment in the project. It may come on day one of work, day one-hundred, or the day we ship. It’s uncomfortable acknowledge the day when it arrives, even though we all know it’s coming. At some point, the day will come when […]Read more "Three TED Talk That Show Teams How To Trust Each Other More"
There some times that I absolutely love watching my kids play with each other. With Ella and Owen being only two years apart, they can often do the same activities and Owen keeps pace with his older sister much more than she would like. They giggle, share toys, and compliment each other very well. The […]Read more "What My Kids Taught Me About Fire-Fighting Cultures"
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass Change is hard. Mr. Douglass knew all too well how struggle and change go hand in hand. Born a slave, he managed to find as much of an education as he could in those days. Once he could read, he read as much […]Read more "Change Is Hard, So Get Started Already!"
“The scoreboard doesn’t lie. Never has.” – Charlie Sheen Bottom of the ninth. Late in the period. Two-minute warning. Shot clock winding down. Each of those statements relate to a different sport, but each communicate the same sentiment. Time is winding down. If you’re doing to try something, it needs to be now. As cliched […]Read more "Why Your Standup Needs A Scoreboard"
How quickly life can turn. That was all I was thinking as I was on the phone with my boss. Coming off one of the busiest months of my career, I was riding high. Work had flowed well, conflict was managed in an acceptable manner, and I was ready for work to slow down a bit. […]Read more "How Do You Handle A Crisis?"
Say its your job to write intelligent responses to the strangest questions possible. When I say “strange”, I’m not kidding one bit. Would you be able to respond to someone asking you if it was ethical to let a company offer one-way travel to Mars? I know I wouldn’t, even after I stopped laughing and […]Read more "In Reaching For The Stars, Our Job Is To Go"
The situation is paralyzing in every sense of the word. I enter a meeting or work conversation with a certain expectation and criteria for success. Most likely, I’ve done my research and prepared for the person or people I will be interacting with. The readiness gives me ammunition for possible responses, retorts and balls to […]Read more "Conflict doesn’t have to be a four-letter word."
“I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.” – Kanye West. Besides the fact that this is an amazing quote, the line perfectly describes what the last month of my life has been like. My workload in the office can simply be described as “over-extended”. Bottle Rocket was extremely busy in the […]Read more "How I Made My Hardest Month Of Work Easier"
#Scaling I see that hashtag in my Twitter feed on an almost daily basis. Either from startup founders who want to grow their business more in the coming feed or from Agile leaders who want to help make their framework more consistent at the office. Scaling is big business right now because if you can […]Read more "Some Things In Agile Don’t Scale"
Karen Armstrong was frustrated. Having joined a convent at the age of 17 and committing to a life of poverty and service, she wasn’t succeeding in the ways she thought she would. A nun is only as good as the quality of her prayers, she stated, and hers were lacking. So after 7 years, she […]Read more "What Will It Take To Build A Team Of Compassionate People?"