Tag: people

Friday, July 6, 2012

There's gold in them thar hills

Posted by Simon Baker
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Create positive pressure around releases

Posted by Simon Baker
If you're working towards a key release, the pressure mounts for everyone involved as it approaches. For the technical team responsible for delivery the rising pressure in this situation is nearly always negative if left unchecked. As time runs out the drumbeat gets faster and faster as the team is whipped up to ramming speed, a bit like the galley slaves in Ben Hur.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Without accountability there can be no solidarity

Posted by Simon Baker
Over the past two years I've been seeing teams fail because people are not holding one another accountable. People tell me they are scared of being perceived to blame and so instead they say nothing. I asked some people why they don't hold people accountable. They responded with things like: "I'm really uncomfortable doing that." Or "I'm not good at saying that kind of stuff. I'm just a developer." And I empathize. I really do. I'm uncomfortable holding people accountable too. I'm guessing everyone probably is to some degree. And by the way, I possess those developer genes. That said, I still think these responses are phooey! Being able to communicate is a basic human skill. We all do it, admittedly some better than others, but just because something is difficult doesn't mean we should stop doing it. How will we learn if we don't practice?
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Attitude drives skill

Posted by Simon Baker
Art Tatum, a jazz pianist, often improvised to incorporate the bad notes elderly and worn pianos made into his music. Arguably his attitude led to him developing this skill. (Paraphrased from The Solutions Focus.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Attitude of wisdom

Posted by Simon Baker
Bob Sutton describes the attitude of wisdom as "the courage to act on what is known right now and the humility to change course when better evidence is found".

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Create the environment for people to act empowered

Posted by Simon Baker
Granting authority (and freedom) to someone doesn't guarantee they will be empowered. If the environment is unsafe, or perceived to be unsafe, then the fear factor is likely to be too great for that person to speak up or take action. It feels like empowerment is something that comes from the environment itself. It's constructed between people, by the actions they take individually in the (physical and mental) space they occupy.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Our values determine our personal discipline, focus and increase our abililty to succeed

Posted by agile skywalker
William W. Ward said:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Welcome to Agile Skywalker

Posted by Simon Baker
I've invited our effervescent friend Nana Abban to contribute to the blog. Nana joined the crew a while back and we invited him to join us at Agile2008 where he did a splendid job drawing attention to us. Those of you at the conference will remember him as Agile Skywalker. That's him in the t-shirt. And that really is his job title.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Lack of humble pie leaves bitter aftertaste

Posted by Gus Power
A cornerstone of the agile community is collaboration. However, I came away from Agile 2008 feeling slightly deflated. Over the past few months one of our teams cited the lack of respect as the root cause for the breakdown in collaboration they were experiencing. A lack of respect is in itself a symptom of something else more fundamental - the absence of humility. Humility is not self-debasement but rather the ability to get over ones own ego and false pride. The humble person genuinely listens with interest and without conceit to other peoples' points of view. Humility creates context for the open exchange of information and ideas regardless of the difference in experience of the people involved and sets a stage for shared learning.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

The difference between blame and accountability

Posted by Simon Baker
For a while now, there's been some trepidation in the team when holding people accountable. People seem to have difficulty knowing how to hold someone else accountable. It's a communication problem. People are so worried about being seen to blame someone for something that they'd rather avoid the conversation completely. The problem with this approach is that the things that shouldn't be happening keep happening because the people doing them don't know they shouldn't be doing them.
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