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
The Language of Stuck 🔐

Happy Friday!April is such an interesting month. Weather changes for a lot of us, allergies begin to make our lives miserable, school is wrapping up, and taxes are due. It's a month full of transitions.I hope that's all going well for you.Speaking of...

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Apr 15, 2022
Do You Code Review Your Tests 🎢

Happy Friday,A big thanks to those of you who emailed me with encouragement and shared my excitement about bees! They're happy and healthy. I was freaking out the first time, being the proud dad of ~20,000 new kids can do that.Especially since it sno...

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Apr 08, 2022
How Does Engineering Get Time For Tech Debt? 👻

Happy Friday!First, I want to share some fairly exciting personal news. In 2013 my wife gave me a gift that was to take beekeeping classes. I've always been fascinated by bees, so this class was wonderful.Sadly, I never got to apply that knowledge.Un...

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Apr 01, 2022
A Couple Quick Links 😁

Happy Friday!This newsletter is going to be a bit different from than the ones I typically write. Instead of writing about a particular topic, I'm going to share a few links and resources that might be interesting for you.It was either that or write...

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Mar 25, 2022
The Power of Why ❓

Happy Friday,Last week I took a small snapshot into the practicality and economics of testing, and thank you to everyone who responded and even shared it. Moments like that keep me writing.I was thinking about teams and motivation this week, and a th...

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Mar 18, 2022
A Case for Tests

Happy Friday,I know all of you wake up each Friday in anticipation for my emails, and last week I missed and this week its coming late. I apologize for that, and you're welcome and encouraged to reply with a verbal thrashing.I've suddenly had to star...

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Mar 11, 2022
I'd Like to Share a Success 🥰

Happy Friday,I would like to start this email out with a bit of a confession. I don't handle compliments well. One of the things I've been trying to work on for a while now is not only graciously accepting them, but trying to sincerely see them as tr...

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Feb 25, 2022