I Have No Time For Indecision

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There are few greater virtues of a leader as important as having the fortitude to make a decision, the insight to evaluate the results, and the willingness to adapt accordingly.

Lieutenant Dike wasn’t a bad leader because he made bad decisions. He was a bad leader because he made no decisions. -Sergeant Lipton (Band of Brothers)

A little while ago I was working at a company that was having a bit of trouble figuring out the dance between product management and software development.

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Sprint Burndown Smell Test

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Personally, I've never heard a single team member (besides the scrum master or manager) say that the burndown helps them in delivering features. That alone, to me means that in general the sprint burndown fails the smell test.

Ok, I’m just going to throw something out there. Do agile/scrum teams actually benefit from a burndown chart? I’m not talking about mangers, but the actual teams? I know I know, the sprint burndown chart is a well documented and proven method of evaluating the hea

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Controlling Brunhilda

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A smart manager once told me that the main goal of a manager is to train people to replace you. That’s it. If you can figure out how to do that, the rest is just window dressing.

We have this friend, let’s call her Brunhilda. She’s a wonderful soul, a bit overzealous at times, but aren’t we all I guess. Whenever we get together as a group, let’s say a weekend away together in Napa, Brunhilda plans everything from lodging, to activities, to very often transportation (and even outfits!)

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The Forgettable Process

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The trap that people (including myself) often fall into is trying to use the newest gadgets and most expensive tools to solve a problem. Sometimes being clever for the sake of being clever creates more problems than it solves.

It is often said that the process is not the product... but I've found that it's difficult in practice to decouple the two. I enjoy working with the process and identifying inefficiencies, I'd say it's almost a passion of mine. The trap that people (including me)

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Avoiding Human Contact Using PowerPoint: 3 Easy Steps

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Do you hate being asked to talk to people about issues that come up at work? Does your boss sometimes just come by your desk... and ask you questions? Well never fear! PowerPoint is your savior.

Do you hate being asked to talk to people about issues that come up at work? Does your boss sometimes just come by your desk... and ask you to explain things? Trust me, I know, I hate it too. If I could just get through the day without having a meaningful discussion or talking to anyone I'd be

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