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Scrum Team Management

Having team members organized in different cross-functional Product Teams or Scrum Teams can bring a tremendous amount of value to an organization. Unfortunately, the role of the manager of those team members can be ambiguous if not deliberately established. By leveraging one-on-ones, becoming an expert in pattern matching, focusing on long-term professional development, and developing systems for acquiring and delivering feedback, the manager can leverage this structure to improve the employee experience and develop leaders within the organization. »

Agile as a Communication Framework

The root cause of the frustrations that many teams experience adopting Agile or Scrum is that they embrace the ceremonies, rather than the communication framework that it offers. If teams focus first on the types of conversations available to them, they will more effectively (and efficiently) be able to operate as a team, execute on a shared plan, hold each other accountable on a daily basis, and feed the lessons back into the system. »

The Right Manager

As increasing emphasis is put on developing leaders, an often-overlooked aspect is if the employee actually has the right manager for them. »

Managing Without Authority

Companies of a certain size — that is, somewhere after “hmmm, we really should get some managers…” and before “crap, our managers don’t have time to manage people because they’ve got too much work to do!” — start to encounter growing pains that come from having increasingly limited visibility into all the pieces of the big, technical machine. To overcome this, companies need to develop and nurture a management philosophy that ensures authority and accountability are held by the people closest to »

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February, 2019
The Contributor, The Manager, and the Leader

Affecting change in an organization is possibly one of the most mysterious and baffling parts about professional life. There are countless books, podcasts, and blogs available about how to influence others, how to maximize your impact on the company, and how to grow your team. The lessons provided in that wide sea of content are fantastically valuable if applied in the right way and in the right context. In my experience, there are three types of Change Agents: The Contributor, The Manager, and »

Leadership Lessons from the Escape Room

Escape Rooms have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and interestingly, these activities are a great case study in team dynamics. I had the pleasure of experiencing these interpersonal interactions in my latest visit to an escape room: my son’s 12th birthday party with 9 of his 12-year-old friends. The great thing about a group of 12 year olds is the uninhibited excitement. This also means that absolutely nothing is left reserved or internalized when it comes to frustration, in »

README

Manager READMEs have been all the rage over the past few years, and thanks to the inspiration I have received from many other managers and mentors, as well as encouragement from my own team, I have put together a version of my own. On What This Is The goal of this document is to share a bit about me and to give you a better idea of how best we can work together: how I operate, what I value, and what I’m trying to improve. And while I hope that this is representative and descriptive, I cannot pre »