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If you don’t know what you are measuring, you will never know how you are doing. Once you know what you want to measure, you have to accept that in the first X collection periods the data is going to be horrible, downright horrific. Because you have never collected it before. Because you have never analyzed it before. If you give up looking at it, you will be no better off from where you started…

If you aren’t going to do the work that comes with the idea. Then don’t propose the idea. You don’t have to do all the work, but you have to get it started, you have to kick it off, you have to lead it beyond an initial meeting. That first piece of work, that threat of work, is what holds so many ideas back from becoming the start of something great.

It’s been done, there are no more wheels to invent. You can make them faster, you can use different materials, you can control them remotely and I’m sure there are a hundred other things you can do to tweak them and make them better. But you can’t reinvent them. The same might be for your product, your code, your team – you can’t reinvent it, it’s there, it works, it might need some tweaks, but…

We use estimations to determine when we are delivering work, what needs to be done, and why. What often gets missed is understanding what the expectations are for the estimations that are being given. What is it exactly that people are looking for? (And why?) A few answers; How well do you understand the problem?How confident are you in what you are delivering?Are you building the right thing?Have you thought of “other stuff”?Who needs to…

I once worked with someone who would start complex problem/requirements discussions with this statement. It immediately set the room and easy while at the same time getting us all pumped up for a challenge. “WE CAN CODE ANYTHING” Those four words conveyed so much… We’ll figure this out.I have confidence in everyone’s abilities in the room.We can do this together.We might not know the answer, but we know the path to get there.I have faith.…