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A few weeks ago we had a great interview with Rekha Rao-Mayya on our Season 4 topic of Worklife Balance. Rekha has had the unique experience of moving from Microsoft to Amazon during the pandemic and some of the lessons she has learned along the way were truly interesting to hear. One that resonated with me was leading by example when it comes to work life balance and how she has had to force herself…

If anyone on your team is asking this question, don’t get angry, don’t get bothered, don’t get mad at them. Take a moment to understand why they are feeling that way, what is missing from their narrative and what maybe you need to do (as the one running the show) to reinstill that confidence in them. If they are saying it to you, it means they care now it’s your turn to give them a…

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…