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Have you scheduled it yet? Have you thought about it? Are you waiting for someone else to do it? What’s your Budget? Team events don’t need to be expensive, they can definitely be simple and their entire goal is to bring people together, have some laughs, and get to know each other better. The smallest team events that have been ad-hoc, end of the day, 30 minutes to an hour I rate better than the…

We get frustrated when we undertake activities when we cannot see the value they derive. Inevitably this is the response of our team as well. Everyone wants to be doing things of value. The goal then is to make sure you can draw the line between those that do generate value (focus on those) and those that don’t (eliminate those too) and ensure you are doing the same for your team.

How fast is the system? How many hours did you work? How many bugs are still open? How long is the Sprint? When can we ship? How many tickets are closed? How many users can we handle? It’s all a numbers game, the value, your value, is providing the context around those numbers so the numbers are not taken at face value for what they are outside of what you are doing. And if your…

I can get into the coding zone. I can get into the coaching zone. I can get into the process delivery zone. But man, getting into that creative zone, especially when I’m tired, had a long day, and my mind is filled with questions – that takes work.  Odd that it takes work to get into a zone where I can be creative and do something different. If your team is struggling to get into…

Building a Great Team is about finding complementary pieces that make your group stronger than if they were alone. You don’t need 4 full-stack developers, you need two front-end, a middle, and a back-end developer – and you don’t need to full those requirements with four AIs hoping they crank out something that is amazing. Maybe not that precise mix but you get the idea, you don’t need drones, you need people, and you need…