Tag Archives: Leadership

Project Management Lesson From Star Wars

November 15, 2014


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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Creating A Culture Of Trust

November 14, 2014


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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Reflections on Coaching and Leading Agility

November 12, 2014


Furious George band getting project managers to dance

When you are bringing together an Agile team, are you hiring rock stars or building bands? That was one of the many points in David Hussman‘s tutorial “Coaching and Leading Agility: Tuning Agile Practices” at Agile Development Conference East 2014. Hussman blended his discussion on coaching techniques we can apply with our team at the same […]

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It’s All About… Career Superpowers

November 11, 2014


Wonder Woman

  Career superpowers followed by crucial conversation skills, The Agile Development Conference East is off to a great start! I decided to go with two leadership half-day tutorials: Career Superpowers, presented by James Whittaker, and It’s All About Me (TM): Owning Your Behaviour, Improving Your Team, presented by Doc List. Taking both of these tutorials […]

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Problems, Solutions or Results

November 7, 2014


Graffiti Problem Solution Result

When there is a problem to be solved, how do you communicate as a leader? Do you focus on the problem at hand? Are you solution-focused? Or is it all about the result? Most leaders ultimately care about the results. They don’t care how it gets done but they want the problem to go away […]

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Do You Know Your Blind Spots?

November 5, 2014


View forward and in rear view mirror

Blind spots are things you unintentionally do, or not do, that can have unexpected and often negative influences on the relationships with the people around you. Some of these behaviours show up when you are stressed or when you overusing your greatest strengths. Sometimes it is a failure to meet expectations you were not aware the […]

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