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Focusing on our most important work (so that we can get it out the door and create value) is hard. It’s harder still when work suddenly picks up, is unfamiliar, or arrives with immediate deadlines...
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The other day I was driving down Point Brown Road in Ocean Shores, Washington. Ocean Shores is a small town with almost no economic base. If you live there, you are likely a retiree or work in one...
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There are those days where your personal kanban is on fire. You’re in a state of flow and tickets are just moving right along. The days go by and you look at your “done” column… it’s full. Really,...
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Jim Benson
The notion of a successful distributed team seems like a wonderful yet unobtainable dream. But stop and think: How often are your nondistributed teams successful? When have they been successful...
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If you are reading this, you are likely human. Congratulations; I’m human, too. Everyday we all wake up and wonder what the day will bring. We wonder who we will meet, what conversations we will...
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I’ve been watching myself. Asking myself why do I do certain things? Why do I lose track of time? I’ve combined a few regimens that have calmed me down, increased my effectiveness, and made me...
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Prioritization is stressful. We find ourselves prematurely making value decisions about what to pull and when (right now!). Recently a client asked, “How can I prioritize my work when there is no...
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We are all cursed with “surprises” at work. We come in, sit down, get ready for the day. We select a task to start on, and about halfway through, it explodes on us. The seemingly simple task now...
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When you are a consultant, or worse yet, seen as a thought leader, people hire you expecting that you’ll know “the answers.” At best, what you actually know are paths to make sense of problems...
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Limiting work in process (WIP) isn’t easy. Our work is largely invisible, which means it’s hard to notice. It just walks right up, bold and unabashed. It doesn’t have to sneak; we’re simply blind...