Data Analytics Trap

Happy Friday,Earlier this week, a friend showed me a video in which a CIO explained how they view setting up analytics for an organization. In a nutshell, they said that while people mostly understand it as five high-level steps, he cautioned that cr...

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Mar 08, 2024
Is assuming positive intent enough?

Happy Friday,Today, my son won an award at school for exemplifying one of the character attributes they're trying to teach. The award was for assuming positive intent. As the principal explained positive intent to the school and parents, I had to hid...

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Feb 23, 2024
Team Structures and Efficiency Aren't Intuitive

Happy Friday!There's a very long-standing topic that folks have pretty strong opinions on, but rarely have I seen much consensus around, and that is how to organize teams and groups.I thought I'd write a bit about the topic from what I've measured an...

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Feb 16, 2024
Know Your Target 🎯

Happy Friday,I've been busy applying to conferences, and there is a topic that I feel I'm perfectly suited to speak on, but I always hesitate to submit the talk. The talk is about how to build really good teams that build bug-free software in 1/3rd o...

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Feb 09, 2024
See Ya Later Scrum Master 👻

Happy Friday!I heard enough feedback on my last newsletter that I made it a formal post on my blog. You can find the link below if you want to share it with folks.I'm spending more time on LinkedIn lately than I'd like. I am not a social media person...

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Jan 26, 2024
The Quick and the Dead of Prioritization

Happy Friday!I've often felt like one of my natural talents or superpowers is how I prioritize features for products. Now, I know it is easy for anyone to feel that way, but there is a very sharp contrast between the backlogs I create and what most o...

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Jan 19, 2024
Beekeeping and Organizations

Happy Friday!Last week, I didn't send my normal newsletter out because I was in Louisville, Kentucky, at the North American Honey Bee Expo.It was pretty wild.There were talks and a massive vendor floor where you could buy everything from bee-themed k...

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Jan 12, 2024
New year, new skills

Happy Friday!In my house, the holiday season has been full of family, activities, and food. Not rest, though. Never rest.Still, I thought I'd write a quick newsletter to say happy holidays and happy new year!Now, I personally hate New Year's resoluti...

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Dec 29, 2023
Ew, your risk is exposed. 🤢

Happy Friday,I've got a few things swirling around in my head as I write this email. Last Friday was approved and put in the Apple App Store. It's a free download, and if you use the code FRIENDSANDFAMILY30 you get a free month of service. H...

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Dec 15, 2023