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Whenever we write requirements, we start off with a great big vision that we want to achieve. This is great in theory but when people read it, especially if they are mid to end of the release and work is not going well, they instinctively push it aside for – “nice to haves”, “if we can get to it”, “maybe next sprint”. But if we switch our mindset and instead write our features as challenges…

If you’re constantly forcing your team to hop between priorities and shiny objects, chances are your team will never get anything accomplished. Not for lack of trying but for lack of direction. The job of a leader is to keep the team’s eye on the goal, on the prize, on the delivery. Any external influences coming in are the Leader’s job to handle and keep off the team. And if you’re worried about your team…

A void in leadership can demotivate a team from 100 to 0 in seconds. Where everyone is looking for an answer, a path, a direction, anything that they can follow as a guide, hearing nothing in return leaves you feeling stuck, lost and confused. So what do you do? Step 1, figure out what you can do. Step 2, do it. Step 3, bring people in to so they can become a part of what…

It is okay to say to someone – you don’t need a summary for today’s meeting. Because you were there, in the moment, listening, taking feedback, asking questions, being a part of the conversation and listening to what everyone is saying. More than likely, you took your own notes. Summaries are for people who didn’t attend the meeting that need to know what was discussed. If you are leaving a meeting you just attended and…

On a project, you have to hold everyone to the same level of excellence, delivery and output. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to churn out 45 hours a week of work. It means that the value of their work that they are churning out is comparable. I can’t talk for what it takes to write brilliant requirements or come up with the latest and greatest test plans that will make your heart sing. I…