Gulp. You’re project is behind schedule. Funding didn’t get approved for your pet initiative. Contract isn’t going to be renewed. Company is downsizing. The feature you were sure was going to be a hit is a dud. I could go on, but you get the point. Bad news: Any information which adversely and seriously affects an […]Read more "How Do You Share Bad News?"
There aren’t many people from college I keep up with anymore. Just a few close buddies that I spent almost every day of life with for a few years. After graduation, we would call often, even do group calls to laugh at each other. Then when one of us would get engaged or have a […]Read more "When Is Your Team Ready To Leave The Nest?"
The rush I felt as I walked into the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in July 2016 is still fresh on my mind. The yearly Agile Alliance conference was about to start and I was walking in as a speaker for the first time. Some big names in the industry were for sure going to be […]Read more "Is Twitter Still A Good Thing For The Agile Community?"
Regardless of your opinion of the president, I think many would agree that he speaks his mind on all topics. His tweets in the middle of the night set policy. The rally comments set off protests. Trump speaks up. Only sometimes he speaks with silence. When Puerto Rico was flooding, he spoke of NFL players. When […]Read more "What Can You Do About Organizational Silence?"
I have the best of intentions to practice healthy habits every day. Going for a run, eating plenty of veggies, finishing reading that book and so many others are on my list every morning. Sometimes, I’m happy to report, I do them and I feel a sense of accomplishment. What about the rest of […]Read more "Why Your Brain Lies To You About Change"
This is a post I co-wrote with Lynn Winterboer and Mary Striby Chang as a follow up to the second annual Women In Agile event. Grateful for the ideas we crafted together. Looking forward to many more collaborations with them in the future. Original post can be found on the Agile Alliance blog. In any […]Read more "How Allies Can Make Room For New Ideas"
Blank faces, with the exception of the few who usually do all the talking. That’s what you are greeted with when you start your team’s usual retrospective. You were trained to run them by asking the usual questions, but don’t understand why nobody is offering anything new. You even changed the questions you asked trying […]Read more "Your Ideation Sessions Are All Wrong, Here’s What I Changed"
I would like to think I’ve always supported people that look and sound different than me. One of the friends I enjoyed most in high school was the only African-American kid in my class. I supported my mom’s desire to run her own business, knowing she would do well. When one of my best friends […]Read more "Here’s Why Men Should Attend Women in Agile 2017"
My first role on an Agile team was as a scrum master. The only product I had to sell at that time was my experience being the conduit between development and business. Previous roles in quality assurance had sufficiently prepared me if only to understand I had a lot more to learn. The next role […]Read more "What Exactly Is My Product as an Agile Coach?"
I can still remember the pit in my stomach when Steve Jobs tried to quiet the complaints of the newly launched iPhone 4 (the first I ever owned). The smartphone giant came out with a brand new design of the device, which included a new radio antenna. Instead of doing a mea culpa (which came […]Read more "Executives Don’t Think We Are ‘Doing Agile Right’"