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Innovation Is More Than Technology

From the outside looking in, it is easy to think that innovation is about the technology. One important lesson I’ve learned over the last decade is that more often than not, innovation is about business and process models which enable...

On Culture, Trust, and Effective Teams

Over the weekend, I listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast titled The Meaning of Work.  The whole thing is worth a listen, but there was something in the first segment by Margaret Heffernan which really caught my attention: Social...

A Recipe for Execution in Crunch Time

A Recipe for Execution in Crunch Time

For many small software teams with loose (or non-existent) project management, “crunch time” usually leads to the unraveling of the project to some degree and inevitable crisis management. In most of these cases, crunch time is the result of: Poor...

An Alternate Meaning for FOCKED

Eric Brechner came up with one of my favorite acronyms of all time in software development: FOCKED. I want to add an alternate: Failure to Orchestrate Collective Knowledge Effectively for Delivery. Successful delivery of software requires that different members of...

Thoughts on Goal Oriented Leadership

Thoughts on Goal Oriented Leadership

I’ve been thinking heavily on the topic of leadership for several days now and trying to understand what works and what doesn’t.  I am currently in the midst of a massive and daring undertaking and putting tremendous demands on my...