Agile, Improvement, Leadership, Opinion, Sprint Planning

The Perils of Swarming

I've been hearing a lot lately about 'swarming', especially in regards to getting things over the line. This often seems to be in the context of a sprint end, or some other self-imposed deadline, with a request for developers to swarm on a small set of stories or tasks that have not been completed on… Continue reading The Perils of Swarming

Failure, Improvement, Leadership

Enthusiasm

I just retweeted the message below and while I'm not going to go into the details of who said it and the controversy around his lifes work, the message of the quote resonated. https://twitter.com/BriancTomlinson/status/684072115130216448   Think back to when you last did something amazing or you more impressive work? In all cases, one of the… Continue reading Enthusiasm

Communication, Improvement, Leadership

On Being ‘Naive’

naive - nʌɪˈiːv,nɑːˈiːv/ adjective: naive (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement. I’ve been called naive a few times in my career, usually when I’m explaining that things don’t need to be as they are You’re naive if you think you can do this without it running late You’re naive… Continue reading On Being ‘Naive’

Holiday, Leadership, Opinion

You Need Two Holiday Policies

I work in a traditional company with a traditional holiday policy.  It boils down to being given 28 days holiday and being told to use them all by the end of the year. So in a week or so I'll have a new stock of 28 holiday days in my bank to use when I… Continue reading You Need Two Holiday Policies

Failure, Leadership, Opinion

Make Failure Acceptable

In response to Supporting Peer to Peer Appreciation I received the following comment on Twitter https://twitter.com/tenpn/status/656063989206654976   I replied with the following https://twitter.com/lee_winder/status/656581234936672257 https://twitter.com/lee_winder/status/656581749749714944   But as I indicated in the first reply, it’s worth a post in it’s own right.   Two Very Different Outcomes Lets take two examples "Frodo is a pretty good… Continue reading Make Failure Acceptable

Better 1:1's, Leadership, Meetings

Focused 1:1 Questions

I’ve run a large number of 1:1’s over my career with varying degrees of success in a large part due to how they are scheduled and organised. Time to time I have had 1:1’s that run pretty much like this. “Hey, how’s it going" “Good" “Anything you want to discuss" “No" “Great, catch you next… Continue reading Focused 1:1 Questions

#workout, Leadership, Opinion

Supporting Peer-to-Peer Appreciation

What do you do when one of your peers at work does something cool, helpful, beneficial or just helps someone out? If you're like most employees in most workplaces, you'll probably say thanks if it impacted you directly and you were there at the time, but what about situations where you're not there, or where… Continue reading Supporting Peer-to-Peer Appreciation