Monday, April 23, 2018

Be curious

What is being said is valuable. 

What is not being said
can sometimes be more valuable. 

Next time you are trying to assess a situation, consider specifically asking yourself...

"What is one thing that was not said that I missed?"

It just takes a moment to determine how well you were listening.

Friday, March 9, 2018

TDD for Infrastructure as Code. Collaboration with security and governance.

One of the benefits of using a Test Driven Development (TDD) approach to Incremental Infrastructure as Code is that the same tests that were used to build out the system can later be used to monitor the system for security or state.

This can be a great way to help collaboration between development and security or governance folks.

Consider reaching out to an experienced technical coach on TDD or BDD to learn more.

A link to a potential illustration of how this might work is in the references below. 


Friday, March 2, 2018

Getting started with Test Automation for Incremental Infrastructure as Code

Today, I was reminded about a simple approach that has worked well for me in the past.  

When you do something manually for the 3rd time...Automated it.

Perhaps it can work for you.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

"Give them the environment and support"

The Agile Manifesto includes the principle:
"Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done."

Specifically, consider "Give them the environment and support they need"

Do you believe the meaning of this statement would be the same for people identifying themselves as...

(sorted in alphabetical order)

  • Agile Coach
  • C.E.O.
  • Developer
  • HR Manager
  • Lean Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Product Owner
  • QA Manager
  • Scrum Master
  • Team Lead
  • Vice President
  • (insert any other title or group that makes sense in your context. A small subset chosen for my sanity) 

It might help you to find out if others have the same understanding as you do.


Friday, February 23, 2018

"The only way you can (insert topic) is to (insert method)"

"The only way you can (insert topic) is to (insert method)"

We have all seen these types of posts.

I know from experience....

There is rarely only one way to achieve a goal.

Consider using ....

- for many people, 
- for many organizations,
- effective approaches include 
- I have used 
- I have seen (x) used 
- (x) might work
- (x) might be appropriate to the situation
- generally
- often
- experience shows

(none of these are definite and fixed)

Add your own to your own personal list.


Note: I was careful not to say "There is only one way to achieve a goal".

Friday, February 9, 2018

The many who help

There are many, many people involved day-to-day in changes to improve their work environments, teams or companies. This can be challenging work and cause many sleepless nights.

Although I greatly appreciate bloggers, authors and conference speakers, it would be awesome if more time was spent thanking the quiet people.

To all of you....

You are appreciated. Thanks for what you do.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Discovery Approach to learning about leadership

Hoodoos - Mike Caspar, 2017

Ask someone you consider to be a leader how they might answer this. What you discover might surprise you.   (will bring you to a popular social media site).