Want to Work with Me to Build Your Consulting Practice?

Back in January 2020, I led a Hudson Bay Start to create/build a consulting practice. I’m happy to say it was a success. Not because everyone became a consultant. However, the people who chose to consult found their ways to succeed. And, even more importantly, some people decided not to consult yet. Those folks continue …

Leadership Tip #2: Do the Right Thing, Even When it Feels Uncomfortable

We all like to think we use our value-based integrity to decide and act. And I bet you’ve seen people who don’t appear to use that kind of integrity. If you talk to them, they say they intend to do the right thing. However, they don’t always act according to their intentions. Here’s an example …

Wide-Ranging Conversation About Modern Management with Tom Cagley

Do you listen to Tom Cagley’s SPaMCAST? (Software Process and Measurement CAST). Tom has interviewed me several times before. This time, in SPaMCAST 635 – Practical Ways to Manage, A Conversation with Johanna Rothman, we discuss the Modern Management Made Easy books. As always, we had a fun, free-ranging conversation. Enjoy!

Feedback Loops Help When to Centralize or Decentralize Product-Based Decisions

When I think about agile approaches to work, I think about how fast we can change and the cost of those changes. We can change the next decisions about the work because we finish the current work and release it. Multiple deliverables allow us to change what we do and what we plan next. That’s …

More Fun on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, Part 2

Jeffrey, Squirrel, and I continued our conversation on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, with Part 2. We addressed more of the Modern Management Made Easy principles. Specifically, we discussed the ideas of empathy and value-based integrity. We had a great discussion about several of the principles in the Modern Management Made Easy books: Empathy Value-based integrity …

Leadership Tip #1: Always Tell the Truth, Even When You’re Embarrassed

You’re a middle or senior manager in an organization trying to hold on in these crazy times. And you just discovered you’re shipping the wrong version of the product. (Or your product doesn’t work or it has some kind of horrible defect.) Your customers are angry. Your employees are running around, trying to fix the …