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Your Company Culture Starts with Recruiting. Don’t Fu*ck It Up.

Your Company Culture Starts with Recruiting. Don’t Fu*ck It Up. A lot of companies of late have been touting their incredible company culture. They extoll how their culture has enabled them to succeed and how people can have a lot of fun while co-creating products and services that their customers love. Companies often think about ...
Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake How do you proceed to eat an entire elephant? One bite at a time. Wait – I thought this was a post on cake? Why are you talking about eating an elephant? Let me get to that in a moment. (Unless you made an elephant cake, of course.) I’m not trying ...
An Alternative Way to Teach and Estimate with Story Points

An Alternative Way to Teach and Estimate with Story Points

An Alternative Way to Teach, and Estimate with, Story Points I recently gave a lightning talk a few weeks ago at the Cambridge Agile Exchange MeetUp. The topic I covered was about an alternative way to teach and do story pointing. This alternative technique was something I came up with back in 2008. Why did ...
A Template for Monthly Performance Discussions

A Template for Monthly Performance Discussions

A Lightweight Template for Monthly Performance Discussions In my series of newsletters on preparing for your performance review, I mentioned a template you can use when talking with your manager during your one-on-one meetings (1:1s). A colleague and I have also mentioned this template in our talks on performance assessments, rewards and recognition systems, and ...