communication

How To Create a Kick Ass Team

How to Create a Kick Ass Team

“How many of you have been on a team in a state of shared vision?” This is the question Jim McCarthy used to kick off last night’s Agile Boston presentation. “Now, stay standing if you thought that team was at least 2x as effective as a team without one… 5x more effective… 10x more effective.”  […]

Where Does Developer Testing End and Tester Testing Begin?

Where Does Developer Testing End and Tester Testing Begin?

Thanks so much to all of the awesome people who attended Nate Oster & I’s workshop at Agile 2009. You can also click here to view as slide show We used games and ideas to look at how testers and programmers can really work together on agile projects in ways that makes sense on our […]

Plane Crashes, Software Failures, and other Human Errors

Plane Crashes, Software Failures, and other Human Errors

Want to know if your team is effective? Listen to them. We can learn a lot about team effectiveness through research that’s been done on teams whose work can mean the difference between life and death. Namely, operating room teams and airline cockpit crews. The airline industry, which gets such a bad rap, actually has […]

Beautiful Teams

Beautiful Teams

Last Tuesday, Andrew Stellman and Jenny Greene came to the Boston SPIN to talk about Beautiful Teams, the topic of a wonderful book they’ve just published. A book I believe Scott Berkun captured best when he said, "Stop complaining about your coworkers. Instead, get your team and your boss to read Beautiful Teams." And of […]

The (Schedule) Games Managers Play

The (Schedule) Games Managers Play

I went to see Johanna Rothman speak last week at the Software Quality Group of New England. I like Johanna because, as an expert in management, she can spot a line of management B.S. from a mile away. I don’t have this skill. As a coder, my special power is spotting crappy code. If another […]

How Managers Get So Stupid

How Managers Get So Stupid

I just got back from a presentation by Robin Goldsmith on How Managers Get So Stupid held by the Software Quality Group of New England, which I thought made a rather interesting point about… well, the rest of us. Imagine the boss walks up to you and says, "I want you to build me a […]