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If everyone is starting from different spots, then you are not starting together, you are starting apart. On a new project, getting the team onto the page is the hardest thing going. If you get it right, if everyone is on the same page, the delivery, the direction is clear as day. If you get it wrong, everyone goes off in their own direction and no amount of standups, scrums, meetings will bring them back.…

I’ve written on this topic before in a few places (actually quite a few times based on a quick search of this site). But I decided to expand on it a bit for a recent LinkedIn article. If you’re building software, if you want to build great software, you need to start with trust. To take from the article… ¬†Software Built on Trust starts with Development but it permeates it’s way through Product Management, Sales,…

Bad News is not as good as good news. It is news nonetheless and not all bad news is truly bad news. Sometimes it’s an update – “we’re late on feature X because people have been away, this sprint we’re going to pour some people on in an attempt to catch up.” It’s bad, not good. But Bad News is never as bad as Ugly News. “We were late on Feature X, we didn’t want…

When I give a presentation, a demo, a walkthrough, anything. If there are no questions, I get squared. Really, really squared. Because if there are no questions it means any of the following; I completely missed the mark and delivered the wrong content.The people in attendance do not care about what I am presenting or the content I am putting forth.No one understands what I have just said.They are confused. None of these are good…

Good. Now that you know it, let other people know. Go to any developer site and you’ll find posts upon posts about battling Impostor Syndrome – yup it’s a thing. The biggest reason that Impostor Syndrome has become such a huge thing is that there are environments that incubate this feeling of inadequacy and not being sure of what you can do to the point that it belittles your confidence. Yes we are all too…