I thought that having so many middle managers would cause problems, but in fact it turns out to be good for everyone. Oversight of opening and closing shifts are distributed evenly, and tasks and assignments are rotated throughout the week, which means no one is stuck taking in the frozen truck at 4 a.m. every… Read More Linked Article: What Trader Joe’s Figured Out About Work Culture That My Other Past Employers Haven’t
Golden Rule: We try to practice the Golden Rule (“Do unto others…” and that sort of thing) by exercising reliability, trust and giving back to each other and our community. Success for All: We believe that success for our stakeholders—whether our teammates, clients or shareholders—comes with a sincere focus on continuous learning, selfless teaching and… Read More What is the strangest Job Description you have encountered?
Since I am actively filling out hundreds of job applications, I am entirely bored of the process and feel like my life is sapping away every thousandth time I have to answer that I am a US Citizen and am willing to undergo a background check. So it is not often that I come across… Read More What is the most fun interview question you have encountered?
I received this as an interview question and I thought it was intriguing. It was worded slightly differently and I felt that I had a hard time answering it without explaining my choices to my audience. I would not have put them in an Agile questionnaire emailed to prospective applicants. IMO the top 3 non-negotiable characteristics… Read More What are The Top 3 Non-Negotiable Characteristics of an Agile Environment?
Disclaimer: I am personally going through various interviews this right now and feel for both sides of the fence. Both as an interviewer and an interviewee, we tend to have opinions about each others’ attires and our attitudes and then proceed to judge each other based on their attire and attitude. In the end,… Read More Appropriate Video Call Attire for Agile Job Interviews
Agile software development is no longer a “bleeding-edge” approach. Source: What Every Company Should Know About Agile Software Development – MIT Technology Review
What people misunderstand about me I am an introvert, posing as a professional extrovert. Don’t confuse my tendency to work alone in my office with being disengaged. My door’s always open. I speak with conviction, but I’m not set in my thinking. I’m open-minded and always delighted to be shown a better way. I make decisions quickly, but if… Read More Leaders need “User Manuals” – and what I learned by writing mine | Abby Falik from LinkedIn
Agile is not the silver bullet and it certainly should not be a buzz word to fit into your business description or a line on some managers’ performance report to check off. Agile is no longer the cutting edge. It is a minimum requirement for development teams. Convert your traditional Waterfall Software Development teams to… Read More 3 Simple Steps to Agile Success
Once you get the “right people on the bus,” (as taught to us by Jim Collins and his best-seller, Good to Great), a leader’s job is to keep them there by figuring out the elixir of intrinsic motivation. Source: What Really Motivates Employees (Hint: It’s not carrots or sticks) | LinkedIn While this is a… Read More What Really Motivates Employees (Hint: It’s not carrots or sticks)
ScrumButs are reasons why teams can’t take full advantage of Scrum to solve their problems and realize the full benefits of product development using Scrum. Source: What is ScrumBut? | Scrum.org As somewhat of an antithesis to my previous post on reality and Agile, I present the idea of ScrumBut. For new teams, the ceremonies… Read More What is ScrumBut? | Scrum.org