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Pet Peeve

TL; DR Communication, organization, facilitation, and others are technical skills. Photo by fauxels from Pexels Setup I have grown to have a pet peeve. Let me draw an image for you. How many...

Our Team Doesn’t Need to Retro

TL; DR Sometimes as a team becomes successful, and they have had very successful retrospectives, they stop getting value from those retrospectives. Something must change for the team, in i...

The Power of a New Voice

TL; DR Too often the person with the least experience is ignored. This is a shame because they are often the person who can lead us to the most significant insights. They will see things we overlo...

The Things We Say

I want to retire certain phrases from programmer parlance. TL; DR We are not clear in what we say. We use incorrect metaphor. We choose vague terms instead of better ones. Let us trim some of the...

Story Sizing with '#NoEstimates'

A way to determine if a story is small enough without estimating it. TL; DR “No Estimates” is a modern movement in software development that focuses on eliminating wasteful estimates. However how...

Employee Feedback without Unicorns

TL; DR The only person qualified to give advice to an employee regarding their career is the employee. That means we need to empower the people who work for- and with- us to analyze their career. ...

Onboarding a Human Into a Human System

Onboarding is much more than a meeting with HR, it is the integration of new person. TL; DR Onboarding is an important endeavor. If we approach it seriously and conscientiously we can make the ne...

A healing work environment

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels TL; DR To be healthy, a work environment needs to be a place of healing, not only a place where no further harm is done. Healing is not always easy or com...

Making a safe place to work

Thanks This post is a special thank you to @JoshuaKerievsky. First I do not work with Joshua, or am I associated with him, however he has inspired a large amount of good things within my team. Sa...

The problem with the '#NoEstimates' Debate

The problem with the #NoEstimates debate is that both sides are not arguing the same thing and therefore the debate focuses on invalid points. The #NoEstimates hash tag has almost nothing to do wit...