Tag Archives: NaBloPoMo

Performance Reviews: How To Make The Best Of Them

November 28, 2014

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performance evaluations

It’s that time of year again – the annual performance review. While there have been plenty of arguments on eliminating or radically changing the ritual, performance evaluations are still a reality for most of us. So, may as well make it as constructive and useful as we possibly can. Today’s post is focused on how […]

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Two CEOs’ Views On Company Culture

November 24, 2014

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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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Discovery and Delivery: A Balancing Act

November 22, 2014

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Sculpture of three stacks of smooth rocks

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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Adjust Your Sails

November 18, 2014

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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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Agility At Spotify

November 16, 2014

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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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Project Management Lesson From Star Wars

November 15, 2014

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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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