Challenges

Focused

Difference Disclaimer:  Normally, I have posts prepared and not written in basically real time of when they will be published.  However, this one is very much being used to help get thoughts out of my head. Otherwise, I fear sleep…

Conference Organizer Pet Peeves

This round of pet peeves is focused on the pet peeves I’ve accumulated as a conference organizer (for multiple events).  Let me be clear, there are many amazing aspects and these are my issues but you know me, always sharing:…

Don’t tell me to smile

When I realized I was going to write this post, I initially thought this issue was something that just recently started happening. Then I started thinking back on situations that I would highlight and nope, this has always happened…I’m finally…

Hackathon Pet Peeves

This post is not focused on the “right” structure of hackathons (as if that wasn’t completely dependent on the organization). So regardless of whether you are striving for a Google’s 20% time approach, Atlassian’s ShipIt approach, or any other model…there…

Reflection Cards

I’ve spoken highly of Martin Heider (@martinheider) in previous posts. This year, I was able to experience his passion and caring nature at Agile2016…seriously, every interaction is a wonderful moment for me. Now obviously my days at Agile2016 are quite…

Keynote Speaker

One of the responsibilities I have as conference chair for Agile2017 is to select the three keynote speakers (Mon, Wed and Fri).  Both Paul and Brian did a wonderful job in the last two conferences, which has added to the…

People leave bosses

Just google “people leave bosses, not companies” and you will find numerous articles on the subject.  Generally, I agree with this sentiment but not the way that some “bosses” have decided it means: the direct boss only. Yes, there are…

What’s really your focus?

Several weeks ago, I was having lunch with Mike Cohn. We were catching up and discussing several topics. At one point, he simply asked “Why do I write the blog? Why am I considering writing a book?” Now this is…