Next degree

I always assumed that at some point I would go back for an advanced degree in computer science.  Originally, I thought I would do it a few years after I was out of college.  That didn’t happen – mostly because…

Retrospective Pet Peeves

As someone that believes instilling experimentation with continuous reflection/adaption is the key to a strong foundation for high performing environments, the retrospective has become a favorite practice of mine.  Recently, there was a session at Agile 2014 about conducting/fixing/repairing retrospectives.…

Keynote Stress

Confession time:  I’m completely stressing out about creating a worthy keynote to share.  All of those fears keep coming circling within my head:  everyone already knows this stuff, it’s not inspirational enough, it’s not vulnerable enough, it’s not going to…

Paying it forward

Recently, I had a very wonderful conversation with someone at a neighborhood party.  Usually the extent of “work-related” conversation consists of “I’m a leader in software development” and then the subject is changed.  However, this person was interested, so we…

Agile 2014 Retrospective

I saw someone tweet that they were having #agile2014 withdrawl.  I can completely relate.  Yet, it occurred to me that I get so wrapped up in exploring and implementing ideas generated from the conference, that I haven’t stopped to reflect…

Don’t burn bridges

Let’s face it – there is usually many facets to why a person leaves a company.  Sure there are stats that highlight bad bosses are at the top of the list but I’ve been pretty lucky in that this has…

Podcast

Not to long ago, I received an invitation to join Bob Galen and Josh Anderson for their podcast for software development professionals.  Since my initial meeting six months prior with Bob at the Leadership Summit was enjoyable and engaging, I…

Injury impacting work

I’ve never given this topic much thought as I’ve always been pretty injury free.  However, that changed around the end of June.  I managed to destroy my wrist from slipping on shaving cream in the shower. I’m now bionic with…