Leadership

Owning thoughts

One of the aspects that I like about planning poker is that everyone shows their thoughts at the same time.  You can’t wait to hear what someone else thinks and then give your opinion.  You have to think independently and…

Managers vs Leaders

A recent article about Zappos going flat and getting rid of managers caused me all sorts of conflicting feelings.  So let’s break it down. What I love: The concept of leaders over managers.  The article points out “its not leaderless”.…

Creating Energy: Go Big

My recent blog post on creating energy gave an example of small ideas that a leader can support.  This post is about going big. Recently, Matt Heusser (@mheusser) was able to attend and write about TechSmith’s Internal Developer Conference.  I…

Creating energy

One of the areas that I most enjoy but have the most difficult time creatively with is creating events that energize a team.  The easy answers are picnics or bowling, etc.  However, when I have pushed myself to spend time…

Agile Killed My Resume

At the first Agile conference I attended back in 2007, I sat in a session by Lyssa Adkins.  I don’t remember what the session title was but I clearly remember this moment: She held up a blank piece of paper and…

The value of Ignite

To piggyback from last week’s topic, most of the options I listed can seem overwhelming.  Don’t stress, I have a great suggestion that I was lucky to learn from an energetic developer, Jared. One day, Jared approached me asking if…

Rethinking mistakes

As I started my career, I would often say “if I didn’t think that was dumb at least once a day, I wasn’t pushing myself and learning”.  This was essentially my way of shrugging off the embarrassment from a mistake…

Unlearning Delegation

I realize that there is plenty of value in delegating but I really wish I had never learned how to delegate. Delegation came into my world as a manager.  Suddenly, I felt overwhelmed by how much needed to get done…