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Working from home is a privilege, not a right

11/15/2016 07:49:59 AM

So who isn't a fan of working from home? Very few would openly admit to being against it. The fact of the matter is the most effective way to communicate is still face to face no matter what new tools we have (individuals and interactions over ...

Not everything needs to be “value-add” time

11/01/2016 09:12:38 AM

Busy. I'm busy. I'm too busy. I don't have time to think - hell, I barely have time to sleep. Between work commitments, friend commitments, relationship commitments, and building my own brand, I am left with little time for myself. I've gotten ...

The Changing Face of Agile – #WomenInAgile at Agile 2016 recap

10/07/2016 12:35:23 PM

So yes, it’s overdue. The #WomenInAgile session was almost three months ago, but honestly it took about that long to get my bearings back afterward. It was a busy year in preparation for The Changing Face of Agile, Agile 2016 presentations ...

Let’s revisit the definition of done

09/30/2016 08:51:49 AM

Just when you think something is such a simple and basic principle, you realize that the basics are often the first to go and the first to be questioned. Let's revisit the definition of done and dissect this...Including a very high level take ...

Saving integrity in a world where it is drowing

08/12/2016 10:02:05 AM

I can't be the only one who feels pressure to be perfect. At least not the only one in my generation: the millennials. We are told for our whole lives that we can do whatever we want to. We are constantly praised for doing anything from getting ...

[Conference] feedback is a gift, huh? Then GIVE it to me [on paper]!

08/04/2016 13:12:58 PM

I've heard so much about feedback in my life. It's a gift, always say thank you, continually ask for it...But let's be honest, giving good feedback is kind of a pain and it's hard to be good at giving it, especially in a "form" setting. I'm ...

Catalyst for change – grieving the loss of what we thought we knew

07/19/2016 12:07:46 PM

There are certain events and people that make you see things more clearly. These are catalysts for change, change agents, breaths of fresh air, or taking off the rose colored glasses/beer goggles. As Agile coaches that is our job, to show teams ...

The Changing Face of Agile – #WomenInAgile event at Agile2016

06/13/2016 19:59:32 PM

I’m very excited to announce the #WomenInAgile workshop - The Changing Face of Agile at Agile2016 in Atlanta, GA this summer! This is an event long in the making, started by great women who came before me and hopefully will be continued by ...

Strategies for product owner across multiple teams (with different products)

06/07/2016 10:27:22 AM

A product owner should be dedicated to one team. Or no more than two teams working on the same product with the same product backlog. But what about a product owner who we spread across two teams with different backlogs working on different ...

Another argument about multitasking

06/01/2016 08:35:53 AM

We all know multitasking is ineffective. Oh, you haven't heard that? Or you're different and you're a wildly effective (and efficient) multitasker? I'm calling that bluff. Continue reading →

Who should run the sprint (review) demo?

05/20/2016 15:19:52 PM

The demo is an important part of the Sprint Review ceremony. However, there is a lot of contention who should run the demo, and how much preparation should go into it. Here are a few ideas to help make your demos more effective without decreasing ...

How do companies make themselves stand out via interviews?

05/04/2016 19:23:47 PM

When interviewing for jobs, you want to leave the a memorable impression on the interviewers and company you're interviewing with. But what about the opposite? Shouldn't the company be focusing on leaving a memorable impression on you? I've ...

Online Defamation and Trolling – Respond with Positivity

04/13/2016 13:15:15 PM

Isn't the Internet great? It's a gateway to find information and promote yourself and your business. It's also a great portal for cyber bullies and trolls to hide behind and unhinge the aforementioned business building. As with everything though, ...

Are contractors good for supplementing Agile teams?

03/04/2016 09:11:56 AM

Want loyalty? Hire FTEs! Want an expendable workforce? Hire contractors! Want short term experts to solve problems? Hire consultants (*at a premium price)! But what if you want high performing Agile teams? What type of workers should you look ...

FTE vs. Contract/Consultant

02/18/2016 15:18:30 PM

What is better? Being a full time employee (FTE) or being a contractor or temporary/contingent worker? They each have their pros and cons to both the business and the individual. Having experienced both, I thought it would be helpful for others ...

Modern Communication Fallacy of Presence

12/29/2015 15:53:47 PM

Modern communication seems limitless. For low to no cost, I can communicate with almost anyone in the world, real time, using many different avenues. But with the convenience gained through these technological communication advances, we are ...

Your introvert is showing

12/13/2015 12:32:27 PM

Introversion versus extroversion has been a hot topic over the past few years, especially since the release of Quiet by Susan Cain. In IT it is no different. Everyone knows the stereotype of the "typical developer" - the one who only wants to ...

The power of precise wording

12/08/2015 11:19:36 AM

Words are very important to me. Obviously, I'm a blogger. I write a plethora of emails, debate constantly about writing a book, write presentations and articles, and have written more papers than I care to think about. I also pay very close ...

Changing the code base landfill into a lean and learning recycling center

11/04/2015 15:27:11 PM

Waste seems to be a simple enough concept: anything that does not add value should be eliminated. But what about the features that are supposed to add value and actually don’t? What about the features that are started working on as an idea ...

Speaking at Lviv IT Arena in Lviv, Ukraine

10/12/2015 14:26:25 PM

I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Lviv, Ukraine to speak at the Lviv IT Arena conference. Speaking internationally in a country I had never traveled to and experiencing the discomfort of not understanding the languages and ...

MVP: Minimum Validation Phrase – How I know I’m making a difference

09/17/2015 15:53:10 PM

I received a text message last night from one of my developers around 8:15 pm. "Do you want to talk shop?" it said. My first thought was, oh dear, what is broken now? (it's release week as it is every other week and it's been a rough month or ...

Stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight?!

08/26/2015 02:04:15 AM

Ah, the elusive, well-executed stand up meeting. In my experience, the stand up or daily Scrum is often the first thing we try to implement when introducing a team to Scrum and also the first thing to deteriorate as teams mature or don't mature. ...

I don’t have all the answers…and it’s ok!

07/30/2015 16:28:01 PM

Coming up on Agile2015 is hitting me right in the feels. This will be my fourth Agile Alliance conference, my fourth job in as many years (actually fifth), my second time presenting at an Agile Alliance conference, my second time presenting ...