Clean Room, Clean Mind

Why do I avoid the backlog and overflowing todo list? Why do I shove one more tool into a drawer already full of bits and bobs? Why do I squeeze yet another outfit into an overflowing closet? Because confronting this mess is hard work. It means making tough choices. Most of the time, I’d rather … Continue reading Clean Room, Clean Mind

Agile Thinkers Know When a Best Practice Isn’t Best

I have a hiring heuristic called ABCDEF, which stands for: agility, brains, communication, drive, empathy and fit. For gatekeepers, I’ve found agility is the most important attribute. To test it, I ask them: ‘Tell me a best practice from your way of working.’ Then I ask: ‘Tell me a situation where that best practice would … Continue reading Agile Thinkers Know When a Best Practice Isn’t Best

Fire Suppression System

A dilemma to consider. Should we... Let the fires rage while we build a fire suppression system. Or... Continue to fight the fires while dreaming about a fire suppression system that we'll build someday.

Problem Number Two

Once you eliminate your number one problem, number two gets a promotion. Jerry Weinberg  

What’s Your Surfboard?

A thought experiment. No right or wrong answers. What grounds you? As you ride the currents of your day-to-day work — entering in and out of conversations with your team and with customers — or with your family and friends as your navigate your way through the world? What's the "surfboard" made of that you … Continue reading What’s Your Surfboard?

Trust Is Built By Genuine Human Connections

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1j4V2Y8DfQ Trust can only be built by genuine human connections. Rich Sheridan Rich Sheridan's closing keynote at PNSQC 2017 hit home in many ways. I loved hearing examples of his time-tested ideas for creating joyful workplaces at Menlo Innovations. You can learn much more is his book Joy, Inc. – How We Built A Workplace People Love.

And Then Grace

The work you do when you are graceful is what we need, now more than ever. —Seth Godin, in Graceful This path is before me, whether chosen by the universe or because I've listened and cared deeply. Craft first, then connection, and then grace.

A Decision Without Action Is Only a Hope

A decision is only a hope until carrying it out has become somebody's work assignment and responsibility, with a deadline. Who has to know of the decision? What action has to be taken? Who has to take the action? Make sure the people who have to take the action are able to do so. Note—the … Continue reading A Decision Without Action Is Only a Hope

(Listen) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh

I highly enjoyed Kai Ryssdal's conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on NPR's "Corner Office from Marketplace" podcast. https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/27/world/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-hits-refresh/popout On Microsoft's mission in the world (hint: it's not "a computer in every home and on every desk," which is a goal, not a purpose) [22:33]: We want to democratize the use of technology to create more technology. [Interviewer, … Continue reading (Listen) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh

(Video) Interview with Jack Dykinga

An interview with a photography legend, Jack Dykinga, a Pulitzer-prize winner, who has become one of the best landscape photographers in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1b1MAbXe3o My favorite note from his philosophy: "Sometimes your voice can be more of a whisper than a shout." Applies to writing and software just as much as photography and art. More … Continue reading (Video) Interview with Jack Dykinga