Leadership

Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Laloux, provides a comprehensive overview of how humans have organized in groups over the centuries.  My colleague, Peter Green, did an amazing post with a video summary. An alternative very short summary: Red: Street Gang (constant exercise…

Perspectives on Selling

When I’m leading in an organization, I’ve been very intentional that I never wanted to “sell” a change. It is not that I don’t understand the dynamics of how people respond to change but instead, I would do some combination…

Women in X

Honestly, I’m super nervous about writing this post.  Partially because I seemingly have a different perspective from many women. Additionally, sometimes talking about this topic makes you a target.  However, both of those reasons are exactly why I should be…

Quality and Value

Here’s an exercise to try with your team (that I believed I learned at a conference) focused on Quality and Value. Preparation: Create the following signs: Quality = Value Quality < > Value Quality inside of Value Value inside of…

WTF

Anyone that knows me personally, is well aware of my sailor talking abilities. WTF is a well-used favorite of mine. Recently, I was teaching in a class and my co-trainer mentioned learning that leaders should change”WTF” in the traditional sense to “Where’s…

Risk Response Strategies

Somehow in the world of Agile, many teams (leaders) have forgotten/neglected the powerful tool of Risk Management, specifically Risk Response Strategies. I’m not going to be sharing any new definitions. This stuff has been around for quite some time but…

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…

Practice what you teach

This is not a political post.  I repeat: This is not a political post.  Yet, this political season gave me plenty of challenges and I had to admit…that despite my training, despite my training for others, I found myself not practicing…

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…