Delegation Matrix for High Performance Teams

High Performance Defined From Wikipedia: A high-performance team (HPT) can be defined as a group of people with specific roles and complementary talents and skills, aligned with and committed to a common purpose, who consistently show high levels of collaboration and innovation, that produce superior results. Characteristics of an HPT …

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 …

Bikeshedding, aka Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

What exactly is bike shedding? My VP of Architecture recently brought a renewed vigor to our use of the term “bikeshedding.” The term was coined c. 1957 by C. Northcote Parkinson to illuminate a discovery he made – that groups of people tended to make a futile investment of time and energy on disputes …