“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"
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?"
“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 there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass Change is hard. Mr. Douglass knew all too well how struggle and change go hand in hand. Born a slave, he managed to find as much of an education as he could in those days. Once he could read, he read as much […]Read more "Change Is Hard, So Get Started Already!"
It is not an exaggeration to say that I have spent my entire life around coaches. I used to think it was because we just went to the church all coaches in my town attended as a child. Small town politics aside, it was more than that. My dad was just one of those dudes […]Read more "Regardless Of The Sport, We Are All Coaches"
Agile coaches, project and product managers all have their strengths. While the specifics tend to differ wildly, I can usually divide them into two camps: the immediate and the future. The immediate specialists are awesome day-to-day negotiators of roadblocks and issues that arise on the team. They love spending time with the team, keeping meetings […]Read more "Blog Post: Are You Better At Focusing On The Future Or The Immediate?"