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Three Options to Escape the Sunk Cost Fallacy and Reframe Into Savings

Acme’s project portfolio team was stuck. Three months ago, they’d funded five experimental projects at $150k each. The portfolio team hoped those projects might offer the organization new customers and revenue streams. Now, the project teams reported several concerns: The technology was more complex than anyone had expected. Instead of the teams’ typical 2-4 days …

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Remote Work: Ways to Think About “Fair” Compensation and Benefits

Before the pandemic, Jenny, the VP of Engineering, insisted that the engineering staff needed to work in the Boston area. She expected that people would mostly work in the office, and they did. However, during the pandemic, Jenny changed her mind. She said that as long as teams had sufficient hours of overlap, she didn’t …

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Three Possibilities to Move from Power Over to Power With

The Acme Corp senior leadership team is thrilled that they can bring people back to the office. That team decided that everyone would be back in the office on Mondays and Thursdays. Why Mondays and Thursdays? The senior leaders could make those days work with their schedules. They rolled this decision out to the rest …

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Leadership Tip #18: Invest in the People You Lead and Serve

Acme, a software company, has a technical excellence problem. Its customers report more problems than the product teams do. Two managers, Cindy and David, want to bring specialized training in for product teams. (They want to help their teams learn to use Test-Driven Development, TDD, and Acceptance Test-Driven Development, ATDD. Cindy and David suspect that …

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How to Understand and Relieve the Symptoms of “Agile” Death Marches

Did you ever work on a project that dragged on and on, slipping a week every week? Back in the day, we called those projects “death marches.” I never saw anyone literally die, but I saw too many divorces, abuse of drugs and alcohol, and very dissatisfied and unhappy employees and customers.​​ Waterfall projects can …

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Three Tips to Support Your Successful Hybrid-Remote Team

Three Tips to Support Your Successful Hybrid-Remote Team Now that we’ve proved we can work remotely, I predict some form of remote work is here to stay. However, we won’t see all nebula teams, where everyone is remote from each other. Instead, we’ll have some form of hybrid teams—some people in an office and others …

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Modern Management: Three Tips to Create a Congruent Culture

Modern Management: Start with Congruence to Change Your Culture​ Do you want a more effective organizational culture that delivers more agility? Maybe you’ve tried agile framework for teams or products. While you’ve seen some improvement, you’re not where you thought you’d be. Instead of focusing on practices or team principles, consider changing your culture to …

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Modern Management: Use Your Integrity Even if You Fear for Your Job

Modern Management: Use Your Integrity Even if You Fear for Your Job Susan, the Platform Director, was worried about ProductA—still in development. The company received about 75% of its revenue from that one product. Worse, VeryImportantCustomer, VIC, accounted for half of that revenue. And from the demos, Susan could see the teams were not going to …

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Modern Management: Encourage Experiments and Learning

Modern Management: Encourage Experiments and Learning How much of your work directly supports the people you lead and serve? How much of your work supports the environment or the culture so the people can be more effective? If you work directly with the people you lead and serve, you work in the business. If you work to …

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