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 Even co-wrote a now out-of-date book on building apps.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"
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’"
“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"
“It’s the year of Chris.” I didn’t understand what Allison was telling me. Having known her for a few years, I’m accustomed to her riddles. At Dallas Agile Leadership Network, I asked why she chose me to co-present with her at Dallas Tech Fest. That one sentence in January would change the course of my year. No comment on if […]Read more "What A Year Of Conference Speaking Taught Me"
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?"
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?"