One of the four items in Agile Manifesto is: value individuals and interactions over processes and tools And one of the twelve principles induced from the manifesto is: Build projects around motivated individuals, give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done Unfortunately, in practice, most of Scrum … Continue reading PERSPECTIVE: Importance of Sprint Retrospective
How do you feel when you hear “No”? Most of us feel upset with “No”. We usually take “No” as a humiliation or at least feel bad for getting ourselves in such situations. However, successful people receive “No” differently,but how? Before getting more into this, you need to realize the fact that leads them to … Continue reading TIP: Live with rejection
Plans are useless, planning is indispensable From The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
If the first thing you hear when something goes wrong is “Who did that?”, then you should know there is something wrong! No I don’t mean what happened, but what is going to happen and how the situation will be handled. Good leaders know that things go wrong, some times for no reason. They know … Continue reading TIP: Who to blame?
Usually, when one make a mistake at work, the first thing s/he thinks about is how s/he can hide this from his/her manager. right? From my humble experience, I usually think about it differently: How can I tell my manager about this. Strange? Not really, telling your manager about your mistakes is the best thing … Continue reading TIP: Market your mistakes!
IT manager are under consistent pressure to make priority decisions. Especially, when supporting multiple business units. Every day we receive a much amount of change requests, incidents and problems that we cannot handle at the same day. Making the right decision, on what we should work on next is vital to justify IT existence and … Continue reading PERSPECTIVE: Prioritization Revealed
Estimation is a guess-work. Hence, when we estimate an iteration, there is a possibility to not being able to finish all scheduled features. Not a big deal! Extend the Iteration! Not exactly. Extending the iteration is one of the worse Agile anti-patterns1. It is never ever a good idea to extend your iteration. Below are … Continue reading TIP: Save the Iteration
Most of the time, we compare the work we perform with our salary, and we limit our effort, dedication to excellence and learning to salary, assuming that doing more or better is really a waste of time, effort and resources. After all you do not want your employer to get advantage of you. Is this … Continue reading TIP: Capture The Real Value
Don’t ever start working on something without defining a deadline! Not defining a time to finish the task or at least to decide on the next step/action is definitely counter productive. Not setting a deadline, puts the task in the control seat! It controls the situation and you keep following it. At best the task … Continue reading TIP: Time-box your tasks
When things are going wrong, don’t make it even worse by justifications! Believe me it doesn’t matter! What matters to management, and should matter to you as well, are results! Naturally, Results require actions. So your next step should be thinking of corrective actions before reaching your manager. Approach your manager with something like: “I … Continue reading TIP: Fix Now… Justify Later