Making eMail Work

Email is often deemed the overwhelming part of many people’s daily work life; there’s too much email, it’s disruptive, and overwhelming. For many, there’s an urge to switch to other communication methods, such as Slack, or texting, because their email has become so unmanageable. I am not in that camp – I can manage my Read more about Making eMail Work[…]

Knowing Your Type: Goals, Relationships, and Big Ideas

Many years ago I was on a leadership committee where we took a self-assessment quiz to examine which of three different personality traits we might favor. The three traits were: relationship seeking, goal oriented, and “big idea” oriented. Everyone tended to have one of these traits dominate more than the other two. When we revealed Read more about Knowing Your Type: Goals, Relationships, and Big Ideas[…]

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Olympic Sized Goal Setting

As I write this post, it is approaching New Year’s, and like many if not most people, I do some scheduled reflection at this time of the year. I learned about goals and the systems one needs for achieving them through training for the Olympic sport known as sprint canoe. While I never made the Read more about Olympic Sized Goal Setting[…]

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Daily Standups

Agile development groups have a daily scrum, or daily standup meeting. It’s meant to be a quick check in for the team with discussion topics kept at a very high level. People gather in a central area and stand as each member answers three simple questions which I’ll expand on below. The team stands so Read more about Daily Standups[…]

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Get a Free Education Delivered to Your eMail Inbox

I like to read and learn.  Education and learning new things are really baked into my DNA.  When I’m relaxed and able to do anything I would like to do, you’ll likely find me reading.  With the Internet, there are now more options for getting a free education, too. You can get a steady stream Read more about Get a Free Education Delivered to Your eMail Inbox[…]

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Efficient Staff Meetings – Pick Two

The title of this post is a phrase I have in my Skype’s “mood message” — the simple quote shown to others next to your online status in Skype.  It’s not that I hate or even dislike meetings.  I just really hate inefficient ones and find that many people do not know how to properly Read more about Efficient Staff Meetings – Pick Two[…]

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How ADD Led to My Adoption of Agile

Frustration was my path to adopting Agile.  Many years ago, I had a coworker that was, shall we say, extremely challenging.  Let’s call him Mr. X for the purpose of this post. He was a very bright developer, with a large ego, poor communication skills, and no discipline to what was a priority.  I was Read more about How ADD Led to My Adoption of Agile[…]

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“So, about that “new” job of yours…”

If you’re older and have had a few jobs, perhaps this post will not be as meaningful to you.  Or, perhaps it will help you see how you can mentor those with less experience. I believe it takes at least a year to truly learn your “new” job.    I’ve had this view validate by several other Read more about “So, about that “new” job of yours…”[…]