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I wasn’t able to make a recent episode of Remotely Prepared and left things to Colin Harding to run with. Instead he walked with it (bad joke, watch the episode). Seriously though, if you are looking for an episode to relax to and feel instant calm – listen to this episode. https://www.upsidedownoffice.com/podcast/walk-with-me Plus: Chickens.

I call it the Upfront – it might have other names to you, but this is possibly the least offensive one. What happens at the Upfront? The upfront is a meeting where everyone that is attending knows that brutal honesty is required. There is no room for niceties and hand holding, it’s an all out discussion that would take place in a warroom if it were happening. There is a big problem and it requires…

Three times. Three times until your estimates mean something on what you are working on. The First Time – You’re new to whatever it is you’re creating. You are learning as you create, you are going down rabbit holes and filtering out new ideas and throwing away initial designs. The Second Time – You know enough to be dangerous, but you are still learning. You have picked up some tricks, did a learning and validation…

If you aren’t challenging your team, you aren’t helping them grow. One of my most memorable performance reviews was one I was giving where I told the developer he was doing a great job, I wish I had ten of him, I’m learning from him, etc, etc. It was all true. His response – “That’s great to hear, now how do I get better?” The question threw me for a loop because I hadn’t thought…

In every team I lead, I try to isolate what our core values are. There are some values that go without saying that I carry with me. Tenets I think that every team should simply have; honesty, trust, open communication – these are always key for me. But beyond that, I always like to ask myself – “What kind of team do we want to be when we grow up?” – and from there I…