Synchronous Communication Sessions (aka Meetings)

Is “Meeting” Really a Dirty Word? Somewhere along the line “meetings” became a dirty word. Scheduled meetings were so much the norm in many of our days that work felt like something we tried to “squeeze in between meetings.” At the morning stand-up oft’ was heard… “Yesterday I was in meetings all day, I didn’t …

Introverts and Extroverts: Letting them both shine

I heard a good joke not too long ago: How do you tell the difference between introverted and extroverted engineers? The extroverts stare at YOUR shoes! Joking aside, we all work with both introverts and extroverts in our organizations and on our development teams. Creating an environment that helps both types shine …

Note and Vote: Effective Collaboration and Teamwork

What is “note and vote”? Note and vote (aka Nominal group technique (NGT)) is a structured method for brainstorming/decision making that encourages contributions from everyone. Why this technique? In a synchronous discussion (aka a meeting) where the goal is problem identification, solution generation, and/or decision making, things can quickly derail …

“Plussing” – Learning and Working in a Collaborative Environment

tl;dr: No one says, “No, but…” Only, “Yes, and…” Instead of subtracting… plussing. It’s About Iterating On Ideas Plussing is a technique that allows people to iterate on ideas without using harsh or judgmental language.  While used typically in teams and on the ideas of others, it works equally well …

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