Leadership

Authentic Evolving

So I have had to grow quite a bit as a leader.  I’m a type A individual.  I might actually be borderline OCD.  I’m left brain to the max.  So I’ve had to learn how my personality impacts others.  I’ve…

Act of Courage

One of the hardest things for a leader is having the courage to be different and take a stand.  Personally, I was always a very courageous employee.  Then I became a manager.  Suddenly, my courage level seemed insufficient.   I…

Powerful Questions

There is a ton of material out there regarding powerful (effective) questions specifically in the Agile community derived from the Coaching community. Essentially, leaders should ask powerful questions to help teams/individuals find the solution for themselves instead of just answering…

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…