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Purpose. Not Porpoise

Apologies to Groucho Marx (it just sounds like something he’d say). There’s been a good bit of conversation about motivations in business of late. I’ve seen a common thread that is enticing, and advice that I can recall having heard … Continue reading

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Global Software Development — Training the New Team

Getting back to the previous thread¬†about building global teams. As you assemble the new team, one of the first, and most important activities will be to get the new team ready. Consider the following: Hire people with the right skills … Continue reading

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Getting the most out of your team

I recently saw some interesting discussions and posts regarding team velocity, metrics, and how to get the most out of a technology team. The original question was about how to increase a team’s velocity. The conversation was interesting & I … Continue reading

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Global Software Development – Identifying New Team Structure and Onboarding Strategy

Continuing the topic of how to build global teams. Much like the earlier process discussions, when you’re going to be building a new team, whether down the hall, or across the globe, there are going to be an assortment of … Continue reading

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Global Software Development — Foundations — Understanding the mission

If you want to get where you wish, know what you wish. The Cheshire cat was on to something. (shhh, don’t tell the dogs, I have some partiality to cats). Putting first things first, be sure you know what you … Continue reading

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Global Software Development Processes/Approaches

Following up on my last post, I thought it might be helpful to review some approaches to establishing and running new teams at different sites. I’d originally thought of just calling them processes, but I suspect that may be doing … Continue reading

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Success!

Success. What an interesting concept. A simple word that means something different to different people at different times. As an example, I just finished stacking a cord of wood. I was pretty happy when it was done. Went from an … Continue reading

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People as Pack Animals

Here I go again. Thanks to my dad, I’ve now found even more of the abundant material supporting the premise that people are emotional beings who require social context for their behavior. In a recent op-ed piece in the New … Continue reading

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Emotions Rule — Regardless of Facts

Ran into an interesting post by Seth Godin that got me thinking (yeah, that can be dangerous). Regardless of the amount of data, many, if not most decisions people make have more to do with how they feel about things … Continue reading

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Somewhere over the rainbow — distributed teams

If you’re working in this century, and managing people, odds are pretty good that they’re not sitting in the same building as you. The odds are even better that many of them are not even on the same continent, with … Continue reading

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