management Posts

I Hate Efficiency

12 May 2021

Teams and workplaces talk about efficiency all the time but really mean convenient. This article exposes the unspoken issues in conversations about efficiency and what to do about it.


Knowing the Details and Trusting the Team

01 Feb 2021

I often work with leaders who have a team or several teams of developers and want to trust them but wind up surprised and frustrated when news breaks. This incongruence feels a little hopeless because, on the one hand, they trust the team to take care of things, but then things still go wrong. What do you do about knowing the details and trusting the team?


Dos and Don’ts for Decision Making

24 Aug 2020

A new project is about to begin, and various leaders are gathered in a room to make a few critical decisions. On the table today is the number of teams. A consultant provides several options. After listening, a leader asks about their current approach. The consultant asks, “How’s that working out for you currently?” The leaders pause and begin to talk about the problems before quickly suggesting that this time will be different.


On the Front Lines

30 Apr 2020

When many companies want to bring about change they primarily train and inform people as to the new behaviors and expectations. What is often unattended is where the lines are where the change is the most disruptive and what needs to happen right on that line.