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. 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 Even co-wrote a now out-of-date book on building apps.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?"
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?"
When exploring a word, I often use the definition according to Merriam-Webster. It’s nice to start at the original intent of a word and step forward. And for the first time in forever, I couldn’t locate a word. I found refactoring on Wikipedia when referencing its combination with software. Developers know how to use the […]Read more "My Thoughts On Refactoring Agile"
“Can I give you some feedback?” Take stock of how you feel after reading those words. Not great right? Your blood pressure and pulse probably spiked a bit. There aren’t many other sentences that put us more on edge in the workplace. Right out of college, the scariest thing one could tell me was the […]Read more "Feedback Doesn’t Have To Be Scary"
The advent of this holiday season has brought a fair amount of discomfort for my family. My kids see family photo time as a reminder that their mom is celebrating the holiday somewhere else. My parents see their child and grandkids trying to make the best of who is and isn’t there around the table […]Read more "How Can We Help In Times Of Discomfort?"
“When you drop any new idea in the pond of the world, you get a ripple effect. You have to be aware that you will be creating a cascade of change.” — Joel A. Barker I love kick off week. New starts always gives me a jolt. Everyone’s filled with hope, or at least a desire […]Read more "Fostering Change Is A Team Sport"
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson Love that quote from the greatest boxer of my childhood. Tyson punched the first 19 plans he faced in the mouth, 12 in the first round. Those opponents were left wondering what happened to all the months of training and preparation. In […]Read more "My First Change Experiment: Bumps In The Road"