Nature finds a way!

Reinvent Yourself During a Crisis

CNN.com released a story on how birds that adapt and innovate are less likely to become extinct. The story cites how crows intentionally drop nuts onto roads so cars can crack open the shells and how herons use bait to catch fish. It is wildly creative. Humans are no different, especially with our professional capabilities and careers.  In times of Read more about Reinvent Yourself During a Crisis[…]

Chuck's not sorry...

Sorry, not Sorry – Stop apologizing for changes

When you feel compelled to slow change, wait on change or apologize for making “yet another change” you are receiving a very important signal. That signal is your culture is not where it needs to be. Over-concern, hesitation or “throttling” change is a sign your culture lacks transparency, engagement and resiliency – all leading indicators of future Read more about Sorry, not Sorry – Stop apologizing for changes[…]

3 Important Factors of Estimates

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about User Story estimation. It all started with the idea to put more focus on quality and unit test coverage. That led me to realize that there are often times where technical practices like code refactoring, code cleanup, and even unit tests are left behind in favor of getting Read more about 3 Important Factors of Estimates[…]

Titles Don’t Matter to the White Walkers

Game of Thrones is back for its final season and I couldn’t be more excited. As the battle for the iron throne continues, there’s an even bigger threat to the Seven Kingdoms as the Night King and his army move in. In Episode One of Season Eight, Jon Snow gave us (and Sansa) an important Read more about Titles Don’t Matter to the White Walkers[…]

Every Team Needs a Headquarters

Back in the days, developers were content wearing ties and having small, yet tall, plain Jane cubicles. You were allowed exactly 3 pieces of flare in your workspace and you had to stand up to see any glimpse of civilization outside your cell cube. You were left alone with all the privacy in the world Read more about Every Team Needs a Headquarters[…]

The Master Builder Agile Engineer

President Business’s Engineer Instructions: Step 1: Do not leave your desk. Step 2: Do not have an opinion. Step 3: Code only what you’re told. Nothing more. Nothing less. Parts Needed: 1 computer, 1 desk, 1 chair, 1 mindless drone (that’s you!) The above instructions aren’t too far off from a day in the life Read more about The Master Builder Agile Engineer[…]

Ford Wants Faster Product Launches

Ford Wants Faster Product Launches, Harrison, not Henry (but Henry has some good thoughts too) (Indiana Jones on Faster Product Launching) We can’t launch that to our customers, they will put us on the cover of the Wall Street Journal when the BLANK fails or stops working Or what about? If the random repetition pattern XXX4 of Read more about Ford Wants Faster Product Launches[…]

Dr. Evil’s Laser-Beam Agile

Dad, a lot has happened with technology since you woke from your cryogenic sleep. Scotty, do not lecture your Dad. I’m hip with the new tech talk and I want to make an announcement to my evil squad. Going forward all software death rays will be built with “the Agile”. You will “do the Agile”, you Read more about Dr. Evil’s Laser-Beam Agile[…]