As a manager it’s important to make sure you have the right people in the right place to deliver the right results. It’s important also that your people are playing as much to their strengths as possible. Read more…
A core aspect of your job as a manager should be to understand your processes and improve them. Your success lies partly in having the right processes in place. When I talk about processes at conferences Read more…
As part of our "So You Want To Be A Scrum Master Book" we thought it would be good to include a short ditty from each of the authors on how we learn. We all have different styles and we all have different reasons for learning. Here's what I wrote. You can download the book, for free, from LeanPub. (more…)
If you hire good people you'll typically get a good team. (more…)
There's a lot of great wisdom packaged up in this Startups Playbook by Sam Altman. It's worth a long read. And then a re-read. And another re-read.
"You want to build a “product improvement engine” in your company. You should talk to your users and watch them use your product, figure out what parts are sub-par, and then make your product better. Then do it again. This cycle should be the number one focus of the company, and it should drive everything else. If you improve your product 5% every week, it will really compound."Watch the users, understand why the users are calling you and improve the product. I like this idea of a product improvement engine - something focused around the single task of improving the world for your customers.
A word of warning about choosing to start a startup: It sucks!(more…)