A few years ago I wrote an article about being a T-Shaped Tester. It seemed to resonate with many people who expanded on that post with testers of all different shapes and sizes. In reality, it wasn’t really an article just about testers, the T-Shaped idea (originated by Ideo) applies to any role in the business. […]
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart Becoming a manager is a hard job. Most people become managers after being great individual contributors. The transition from maker to manager can be Read more about The transition from maker to manager[…]
Some people aren’t natural sharers…..of information that is. And in the business world this lack of sharing of information and knowledge can have a profound effect.
People often don’t share for nothing other than they just don’t think about it, or see the point in it. It’s not usually them being malicious. It’s not for personal gain. It’s not for trading. It’s simply because most people don’t realise the value of sharing. They aren’t natural sharers. […]
There are opportunities to learn and grow everywhere for managers. In every interaction, every meeting, every plan, every bit of feedback, from wins, from losses, from hiring, from strategy. You get it. Everywhere.
We often just need to look out for these opportunities. That’s the hard part. But once you do start noticing your world more you’ll start collecting notes, observations and insights. They’ll start arriving a rapid rate simply from observing. […]
Turning Around a Team This guide is about turning around a team (or growing a new team) in just 6 months. This could be turning around a failing team, changing a team’s direction (say from Waterfall to Scrum) or fixing a dysfunctional team process. 6 months’ sounds like a long time to turn around a team, Read more about A Blazingly Simple Guide To Turning Around a Team[…]
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. How we learn is a chapter I contributed.