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Five Questions to Create Your Successful (Hybrid Remote) Cluster Team

 I’m seeing different kinds of “hybrid remote” teams these days. I already wrote about satellite teams (see Five Tips for Your Successful (Hybrid Remote) Satellite Team). Now, I’m also seeing cluster teams. Cluster teams have people in several locations, with collocated people in some locations. (See How To Understand Your Team Type: Collocated, Satellite, Cluster, …

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Leadership Tip 17: Consciously Choose How You Optimize the Salary Money

Tim, the Engineering VP, was worried he would lose people after their reviews and salary changes. He didn’t have enough money to pay the salaries he thought everyone deserved. He’d fought with his fellow VPs for more money, but that didn’t work. He had a too-small pot of money to distribute. He had these problems: …

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Manage Interruptions with Defensive Project Portfolio Management

Here’s a scenario I see in all kinds of businesses. Your team has product-focused work. And, the team also has “fast” response-required, ad hoc work: Production support, when something breaks. You need to fix this right away. Provide technical support when people have questions. The team needs to answer these questions on a “timely” basis. …

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Why Aren’t We Better at XP (or Almost Anything)? “Stop Making It Harder”

There was a Twitter discussion about XP not having crossed the chasm. Someone Lula Rodrigues posted this wonderful Kent Beck talk about that here: https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/videos/xp-as-an-incentive-system-kent-beck-xp-2018/. Lots of great insights. Watch all of it, including the Q&A at the end. Early in the video, Kent discusses the all-too-frequent sexism and racism I also see in tech. …

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Free Your Inner Writer Q1 2022 Writing Workshop Registration Open

Thinking about bringing your writing skills to the next level? Want to write and finish? You can. You can learn what works for you. Enroll in my Q1 2022 Writing Workshop 1: Free Your Inner Writer & Sell Your Nonfiction Ideas. You write. I support you with personal feedback on your writing. In addition, we …

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