Techniques

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…

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…

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…

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…

Favorite Interview Questions

As someone that enjoys people watching and reading body language, I’ve always been quick to volunteer as an interviewer. Over the years, I’ve developed a few favorite interview questions. What would be an adjective that your co-workers would use most…