November 24, 2014

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Two CEOs’ Views On Company Culture

The importance of building strong team and company cultures was a consistent theme at both the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting and the Agile Development Conference. So, I thought I would start the week sharing two videos that were part of Eduardo Braun‘s presentation, How To Become An Effective Leader, at the PMI LIM. Eduardo opened that […]

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November 22, 2014

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Sculpture of three stacks of smooth rocks

Discovery and Delivery: A Balancing Act

After returning to work and the world of video game development, I continued to reflect on David Hussman’s point about balancing discovery and delivery when leading agility. In creative industries like video game development, that balancing act is part of our daily lives. We can always make it better or try something new… up until we […]

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November 18, 2014

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Adjust Your Sails

Sailboat and mountains

  I have been catching up with old friends lately. Over the years, everyone has had shifts of the wind in their lives. It is always inspiring to hear their stories about how they adjusted their sails. Some have ended up in unexpectedly successful places. Others are still on their journeys but are going in […]

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November 16, 2014

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Agility At Spotify

Diagram of Spotify's Engineering Culture

While there has recently been a lot of debate surrounding Spotify’s business model, their product development practices and culture have been getting a lot of positive buzz in the Agile community. Earlier this year, Henrik Kniberg posted two videos on Spotify’s technology blog that describes how the team works. They are inspiring and should be watched […]

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November 15, 2014

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Project Management Lesson From Star Wars

Axis Agile Stormtroopers Doing Sprint Retrospective

When asked what I do, I often tell people “I’m on the Dark Side” as a reference to an engineer’s view of management and/or project management. Little did I realize what Darth Vader’s role was in the construction of the Death Star! I have watched the classic Star Wars movies multiple times and only thought […]

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November 14, 2014

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Creating A Culture Of Trust

Wallaby eating from hand

According to Great Place To Work, from 2004-2008 the top 100 high trust companies out performed the next 100 by 43% in terms of revenue. In 2009, the year after the start of the global economic crisis, that grew to 126%. Building trust in your organization has a real impact on the business. During her presentation, […]

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