Challenge: The TWiG Game

Happy Friday,It seems that no matter how many times I work with groups or even the same ones there's a question that will always come up that has to do with getting a team to do more than one thing at a time.I take a pretty firm stand on this subject...

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Jun 24, 2022
An Attempt at Engineering Benchmarks

Happy Friday!So there is a community I'm a part of that has daily topic discussions around engineering leadership. Yesterday they posted their own internal engineering benchmark studies and I thought I'd share it with you.You can find it here.I took...

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Jun 17, 2022
How to Waste $150k 😱

Happy Friday!This week I had to kill a product. In a way, it feels like the first time I've ever done this, but when I think back there have been a lot of close calls over the years. So I thought I'd share a few examples and the lesson I've learned f...

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Jun 10, 2022
Putting the Reps in for Change 🏋️‍♀️

Happy Friday,I'm going to admit it, I don't spend much time on social media or reddit or any of that stuff. TikTok, however, makes up for it.One interesting thing about TikTok is how good it is at curating the videos to show you. For me, I get all so...

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Jun 03, 2022
Form an Alliance with Legal

Happy Friday!It seems like for the past few weeks it has been raining non-stop where I am. I don't mind the rain, but it keeps me from checking on my bees which I don't care for.Also, for the past few weeks, maybe months, it seems that most of my tim...

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May 27, 2022
Is Security the Next Strategic Differentiator?

Happy Friday!As I step back a moment and look at the trends in software products over the decade or so I've been at this there are a few things that have more or less remained constant.Expectations only increaseCapabilities don'tWhat I mean is one go...

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May 20, 2022
Watch For This Pattern with CTO/CIOs 👀

Happy Friday the 13th!I was thinking about a conversation I was having about when groups do re-orgs and some articles people shared that they liked when I started thinking of all the re-orgs I've been through or helped with.Its more than I care to ad...

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May 13, 2022
Picking Your Problems 🌵

Happy Friday!I sat down at my computer this morning wondering what I'd write about today and a conversation I had with a senior leader came into my head that I'm going to share a bit about.We were talking about ideas and issues and one of the people...

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May 06, 2022
Getting Past a Performance Plateau 🗻

Happy Friday!I was working with a client and over the few months we worked together the teams went through a fairly rapid set of changes. When the dust settled, they started improving through retrospectives.For a while at least.They ultimately experi...

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Apr 29, 2022
How to Explain an Idea Quickly ⚡

Happy Friday!Hope you're doing well today. I wanted to write about a fairly specific communication technique I developed over the years.I don't have a clever name for it, but it is effective at quickly explaining an idea and getting past a lot of obj...

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Apr 22, 2022