His frustration filled the room so quickly that our large common area in the office suddenly felt tiny. Story after story about the situation his team is currently in came rapid fire. The words held an uneasy balance between anger and exasperation. These were the words of someone who knew exactly what was going on, […]Read more "Can I Introduce Change In Tense Settings?"
Imagine you’re at a crosswalk in your city. There are people all around you, hustling and bustling through their day. The signal indicated that it’s time to cross, but in the middle of your traverse two people bump into each other and start ballroom dancing. It happens not once, but several times. All sorts of […]Read more "Disrupt The Mundane With A Little Play"
There are a lot of things we are striving to be tolerant of in our society today. Terrorism, race, religion, immigration, marriage, and a bevy of other topics manage to flood our news stream and ask for consideration. Passionate advocates for either side of the subject manage to artfully articulate points. Each one presents the same […]Read more "What Can Tolerance Teach Our Teams?"
Great things start, and then they end. Today, I start my last day at Bottle Rocket Studios. My time at this amazing place has come to and end. It started with reading blog posts, a stroll around Glassdoor, and some exploratory emails to recruiting. Julian was the best in guiding me through the process, but the […]Read more "Saying Goodbye To Bottle Rocket"
Review season is upon us all again. Don’t tell me you love it, because while some pieces of feedback can be valuable from peers there is a ton of pain points along the road to a finished review. At Bottle Rocket Studios, we use360-degree feedback to fuel our bi-annual ritual; and I must say that […]Read more "What Story Is My Career Telling?"
Growing up in my small, Texan town, I didn’t really have a care in the world. I played with G.I. Joe figures and crude lightsabers, but the world around me was very serene. Half a world away, Zainab Salbi was faced with a much different environment in Iraq. As a child, “I woke up in […]Read more "How Are You ‘Protecting’ Your Team?"
When I was wrapping up my high school career, The Paper changed my life. I had a few ideas about what I wanted from a career at that point, but nothing really was jumping out at me. It’s cliche to say, but seeing how those newspaper men and women did their job made me want […]Read more "Is Your Team’s Energy In Need Of A Jolt?"
Life has a way of obstructing progress, at times. It’s not a nefarious scheme nature has against us individually. There are just times that things get in the way of us moving forward. The fourth quarter last year was rough on me — personally and professionally. Everything pulled me in uncomfortable directions. The process hurt, […]Read more "When You Don’t Know What To Say"
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"