Discernment, noun: The ability to judge well. With it’s roots in 13th Century Latin, then a hundred years later in French, the word discern means to separate something. As the word has evolved, the concept of doing it correctly has been added. Think of your pasta noodles when they have finished cooking. Discerning your noodles means […]Read more "Discernment Is About Maintaining Your Strainer"
The past three years has been an amazing ride in this space, because of the relationships this blog has allowed me to have. When I first started (thanks to Seth), I just wanted to start a conversation around how mobile technology and Agile seemed to be intertwined. Turns out, there has been plenty to talk […]Read more "And Now, For A Different Kind Of Blog Post"
There are a few things the Agile community can set it’s clock by every year. Everyone who can will gather in one place for the Agile Alliance’s yearly conference. The Global Scrum Gathering always manages to get everyone together with a little more focus. Both are on my bucket list, and hopefully I can make it […]Read more "Here’s What The State Of Agile Tells Us"
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” – Benjamin Franklin What does my production, my work output, and the opinions of my peers say about me? My dad told me long ago that all you have is your name, so there is an argument to […]Read more "What Do Your Numbers Say About You?"
“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.” – Steven Johnson If you see a missed call on your phone today, most likely it means you weren’t available when someone called. In India, however, a missed call might mean something […]Read more "Seeking Opportunities In Adversity Can Create Hungry, Agile Teams"
“Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley We are running invisible races every day. The pressure to be bigger, better, and faster has organizations scrambling to motivate their people. Money, perks, benefits, and a slew of other intangibles are brandished on company websites trying to attract talent. Once aboard, […]Read more "What This Year’s Company Hackathon Taught Me"
I can be a bit of a lone wolf at times. Not that I hate people in general, but my ego tends to get in the way of me interaction with others on occasion. I can figure out the solution to everyone’s problem if you just leave me alone and let me work. It’s the […]Read more "Three Traits Of A Creative and Innovative Team"
Everyone knows the first two kings in Israel’s history. The reason we remember them because they were at the center of a story involving Goliath. We practically can’t forget them, because that story is trotted out every March during a basketball tournament. Saul and David we know, but can you think of Israel’s third king? […]Read more "A King Who Didn’t Own His People’s Ideas"
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 "How Teams Learn To Trust Each Other"
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"