HPT - Holding Pattern plane🪢

Happy Friday,Last week, I wrote about the team reset part of my exceptional team-building roadmap. Now, let's dig into the few weeks of holding the pattern.This time period is probably the hardest for me to articulate since a lot of it is passive. Al...

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Sep 22, 2023
HPT - The Team Reset

Happy Friday,Two weeks ago, I wrote my roadmap email, and this one is a bit of a deeper dive into how I reset the teams and the 1-3 day workshop.The good news is there's a recording of a conference talk I gave breaking down this meeting in pretty ser...

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Sep 15, 2023
HPT - The Consequences of Exceptional

Happy Friday,Last week, I wrote a high-level week-by-week roadmap of my approach to building exceptional teams in 3 months. I want to now turn my attention to the consequences of having one of these teams in your organization.In my first email, I wro...

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Sep 08, 2023
HPT - My Roadmap to Exceptional Teams

Happy Friday,Continuing on from my last email, where I wrote about the attributes of exceptional teams, I'm going to write about my high-level roadmap to how I go about building exceptional teams in less than three months.Week 1 - SurveyingMy first w...

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Sep 01, 2023
A Few Thoughts on Teams 🤔

Happy Friday,I haven't forgotten about you. I've been busy with my other venture, reko.day, beekeeping, and summer vacation!I saw some excitement on LinkedIn the other day as some friends started hyping up a webinar that didn't look interesting to me...

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Aug 25, 2023
What's the Deal With Working Agreements? ⁉️

Happy Friday,It's been a while! I'm hard at work launching my other business venture, Reko Day. Check it out if you have a minute, and let me know what you think.Someone in a Slack I'm in asked for resources on establishing working agreements. Strang...

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Jul 28, 2023
What Do You Believe?

Happy Friday,As many of us are going into a holiday weekend, I thought I'd give you something to think about for a minute.At various points in our careers, we make some decisions about what we believe in that shape who we are professionally. Often th...

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Jun 30, 2023
Ending Pull Requests 👻

Happy Friday,I hope you had a great holiday weekend for those of you in the US. I've been very busy with the end of my children's school year and my beekeeping season starting up.Did I tell you I caught a swarm of bees? I have three hives this year!I...

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Jun 02, 2023
Enough with the crappy tests already

Happy Friday,I was on a call with a client recently, and they were showing the tests they wrote for some user stories.I often ask to look at tests with teams new to writing automated tests consistently.Oddly, that seems to be everyone.Months ago, thi...

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May 19, 2023
When Opportunity Knocks 🚪

Happy Friday,Last night I was working on my beehives until 11 PM. It was raining too. Now, us beekeepers are odd folks, but working on hives at night in the rain is not how most anyone would choose to spend their evenings.You see, my hives died over...

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May 05, 2023