Techniques

Retrospective Pet Peeves

As someone that believes instilling experimentation with continuous reflection/adaption is the key to a strong foundation for high performing environments, the retrospective has become a favorite practice of mine.  Recently, there was a session at Agile 2014 about conducting/fixing/repairing retrospectives.…

Keynote Stress

Confession time:  I’m completely stressing out about creating a worthy keynote to share.  All of those fears keep coming circling within my head:  everyone already knows this stuff, it’s not inspirational enough, it’s not vulnerable enough, it’s not going to…

Upcoming conference

In a few weeks, I will be in Orlando for the Agile Alliance Agile 2014 conference.  This is by far my favorite conference of the year.  For starters, the breadth and options for sessions is unmatched (my only downside is that…

Have FUN!

I don’t know about you but I want to laugh while I work.  I want to enjoy what I’m doing and who I’m working with.  Yet, so often we eliminate “fun” from work because there is just too much to…

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…

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.…

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.…

Can I do anything for you?

Several years ago, every day before I left the office, I would walk around and ask each of my direct reports, “Can I do anything for you before I leave?” During this time, I was still holding out on having…