leadership

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The negative feedback conundrum

So here’s the deal. If you, like me, sometimes speak in public – at conferences, events, whatever – you’ll often receive somewhat formal feedback from the organizers. They typically solicit this feedback from people after the event, and forward it to you with notes like “here’s the feedback, hopefully it’s useful to you” and, in … Continue reading

How we define ourselves: The Dodge Stratus problem

The impulse to label ourselves is powerful. Read any bio and you’ll see multiple roles and titles people have placed upon themselves or have been placed upon them. Often these titles and whatnot help us understand their place within hierarchies, for example in business settings (CEOs, Managers, etc). In other instances they help us understand what … Continue reading

Approaching Strategy as a Fixed Game

In two recent posts I’ve written about why engaging and empathizing with customers is both essential to making better decisions as well as to make more effective and meaningful products and services. In this post I want to briefly talk about how this should tie into your overall strategy. Strategy as a fixed game The approach many of us are familiar … Continue reading

Stop making good decisions, start making right decisions

You usually start with this idea in your mind. . . You think you are right and this is a great starting point. It’s also probably necessary if you’re going to do anything. However, you also know that you do not know for certain. This is where the “Good” decision versus “Bad” decision framework comes … Continue reading

Minecraft and Elementary Schools: Reflections from 1st session

Here’s the thing. Minecraft is huge. It’s amazing. It’s accessible and complex. Kids love it. I love it. Everyone who encounters Minecraft should love it. Mention that you’ll be doing something – anything – involving Minecraft and kids will pay attention. This is huge, because it’s much easier to engage with someone on a commonly shared … Continue reading

What work means here

  People frequently ask me “what is Protegra?” and “what do you do there?”, and I sometimes have difficulty telling them. The difficulty is not that I don’t know the answer; the difficulty is phrasing it in a way that the questioner can internalize and find meaning in my response. What follows is my perspective only. … Continue reading

Secrets to Powerful Joint Ventures

Joint ventures are tricky business. It involves the blending of two paradigms that can fail without cross-process discipline in place that ensures a transition and sustainable change. MCKinsey & Co just published a great podcast on the topic which can be found here. The conversation touches on the causes of joint venture failures. These include: … Continue reading

How to keep spirits high on a sinking ship

Even when the water is rising, there are ways to help team members remain focused and outperform the storm. Don’t you find the list of things people want to do when told they only have a little amount of time on earth with us amazing? Why didn’t they do these things before? For organizations that … Continue reading

Top 4 qualities for a leader/manager #agile #pmot

I’ve seen quite a few articles recently on the qualities to be a good leader, manager, and Project Manager. Most recently, I read an excellent article by Liza Wood on “Should you become a Manager?”. Highly recommended. I thought I’d add my opinions to those already out there on what I feel are the top … Continue reading

Lest we Forget the ultimate teammates

On a day like today I am reminded on how we in Software Development sometimes take ourselves and our opinions too seriously. We treat people with differing opinions as enemies we are at war against. We in the Agile community sometimes criticize those in the traditional community as not trusting employees and being stuck in … Continue reading