As I type this opener, I’ve snuck out of my house to a secluded bench in East Dallas near the lake I love. It’s a beautiful spring day that would normally have the bike and running path filled with attempted fitness seekers like myself. Picnics should be occurring at the Arboretum, and the Farmer’s Market […]Read more "Random Thoughts From My Quarantine"
My friend Kirby and I were chatting several years ago. We were both project managers running teams at a mobile dev shop having the time of our lives. We had a lot of things in common that we felt made us successful. Passionate, organized, and great with clients. Team members really enjoyed being with us […]Read more "What A Complex Relationship With Emotions Has Meant To Me"
Like many of you, I got into this business by accident. I started in IT around the time of the iPhone release. I became obsessed with mobile technology. This site began to write about the growing industry. Even co-wrote a now out-of-date book on building apps. I spent years in the startup world. Small teams […]Read more "Here’s How I Changed The Way I Fight"
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"