Example of Horizon Planning

I often talk about the idea of planning horizons, especially regarding product milestones and architecture. It’d be helpful for me to provide a short example of what I would typically do for a client or group.

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Nov 20, 2023
A List of Books that Made a Difference

There are so many sources that I draw on for any given engagement with a client, but I thought it might be interesting to maybe put a list of books that I feel impacted me the most. This won’t be completely exhaustive, but hopefully gives you some mo...

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Nov 17, 2023
Managing a Self-Managed Team

For years, folks have struggled with phrases like “self-organizing” and the newer “self-managed” regarding teams. I have met plenty of leaders and managers who have tried to figure out how to create teams with these qualities and find their own place...

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Nov 15, 2023
The Red Bead Experiment

**Scattered across almost any consultant’s PowerPoint decks will be several quotes. There’s the infamous, “If we asked what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse,” and “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” and the one I’ll...

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Nov 13, 2023
You’re Agile, Now What?

Let’s face it: agile conquered the world of software development. Often, though, I find people are dissatisfied with the results, and in this article, I want to point out a few common things that folks struggle with and what you can do to get some of...

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Nov 10, 2023
How to Learn What Your Team is Capable of

I recently finished my newsletter series on how I build high-performing software teams, and in that process, I recalled many moments from my career. One of those memories is a big part of my leadership style and what I want to share today.

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Nov 08, 2023
So You Want To Launch a Product

Everyone loves thinking about all the features their new software product will have, but many other elements need that same level of attention. I am guilty of missing some of these myself or at least putting them off too long. Here is an incomplete l...

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Sep 20, 2022
HPF - Good vs. Bad Teams

Since teams, or something parading around with that word, are the norm in most companies, let’s talk about some qualities of teams and contrast that to what exists instead. That way, we know the difference we’re aiming for and how to spot it.

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Sep 16, 2022
High-Performing Team Series - Why Fuss over Teams?

I can’t remember when there wasn’t some emphasis on participating in a team—starting back in college when our assignments moved from individual to team assignments and continuing into every single job I’ve had since. Even when moving into consulting,...

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Aug 29, 2022
Outlines for Article Series or a Book

As I promised in my newsletter (Which you should be reading) I offered thoughts around two books or at least an article series on two topics. What comes next are the core questions I want to answer in each one.

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Aug 23, 2022