Bug Bash

At the risk of not giving the credit to the exact right person, I’ll give credit to the idea originating within TechSmith.  That’s the tough thing about collaborative environments, it’s hard to remember who came up with what specifically. Are…

Upcoming conference

This is a very short post this week and completely self-promoting.  I’m super busy and excited preparing to share at the Agile Development/Better Software dual conference in Vegas June 2-6 (http://bscwest.techwell.com/). I will be sharing on how to help others…

Silent Stand-up

I have been doing some form of a daily meeting since 2005.  Although we were trying to develop with Agile in mind, the project in 2005 was anything but Agile.  However, our leader set a 7:30 a.m. daily sync meeting.…

Invest

Many people have heard the helpful tip by Bill Wake “INVEST in a user story:  Good quality user stories should be Independent, Negotiable, Valuable, Estimatable, Small, and Testable”. In my opinion, this can apply to so many aspects not just…

Certification

Ok.  I’m not the first person to write about pros/cons of certifications.  However, not to long ago an incident occurred that really highlighted my angst with certifications. At a recent meet-up, there is was an opportunity for anyone looking for…

Appreciation – Grandma

Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an after thought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me. This round:  My grandma…

Storytelling

There are many sessions and posts about “the one skill every leader should have”.  I don’t disagree with most of them but I do find it funny that we try to boil down all of leadership to one important skill.…