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Nothing Wrong with Asking for Help In fact, its the one thing we are the most absolute worst at. We have all these preconceived notions of what might happen if we ask for help, what we might look like, what might go wrong that we forget the whole reason we are debating asking for help in the first place. Because we need it.

When I first became a Software Manager, I was pretty lost, not sure what to do or where to start. I was pretty lucky in that I had a strong supporting environment and picked things up over time. Recently I was reading the book – “The Successful Software Manager” by Herman Fung and this brought me back to that first day to when I wasn’t sure where to start, what to work on, where I…

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a Play By Play announcer following you around every day, tracking your movements, annotating everything you did? Would you change what you’re doing? Would you be a little more daring to liven things up? Would you push yourself a little harder when things aren’t going your way? Would you tell them to be quiet so you could focus and get your work done? Would you see them as…

Playbook – A stock of tactics and methods to achieve an objective. Most commonly used in sports. Should be used more in business, software, everything. If you don’t have a go-to set of plays to win a client, keep them happy, deliver your project, grow your team, challenge them and yes, train yourself – than you and your team have no direction on what they should be doing and how they should be doing it.…

If you don’t have this person on your team, then your team has no direction. When you are not on point – you have no goal, no focus, notdirection, no end state. You have work being done for the say of work being done. Get someone to keep you on point (or even better, become that person).