Observations

Should I replace my hunch with data?

Sometimes my approach to coaching is to pay attention to what is going on, form hunch and then act on it. Similarly I sometimes just enter into conversations with people to hear their views and then discuss whether we should act on their hunches. I believe that doing this can lead to some good insights… Continue reading Should I replace my hunch with data?

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Hunches, spirals, data and ongoing improvement

In my last article, I gave some thought to using data. Rather than saying you should use data, which you should, I looked briefly at the limitations and dangers of using data. This time though I thought I would start looking at how to use data for coaching teams and finding ongoing improvement. I use… Continue reading Hunches, spirals, data and ongoing improvement

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Using data is good but watch out

A lot of product teams use a lot of data and I think that is great. I am even in the process of helping some teams better use the data that is available to them. However, doing so has reminded me that "using data" and "benefiting from using data" are different things. This article is… Continue reading Using data is good but watch out

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Ignorant and curious or worldly and wise

I spoke to someone about being a Product Manager and what made them successful in the role. Of course, whole books have been written about the topic so I don't think I can do it justice on one blog article. One topic stood out for me though - the value of a wise and experienced… Continue reading Ignorant and curious or worldly and wise

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Creating credibility

I remember my father talking about trust - he said "Whether you choose to trust someone or not, you will generally prove yourself right." Based on this, and some recent reading I have done, my last article was about where to start with trust. A quick warning about this article This is an article about… Continue reading Creating credibility

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Trusting agile coaches

I was re-reading a book called The Speed of Trust and it had some reminders in it that are both energising and scary. The book starts by setting a challenge that it should provide advice that is Timely, Relevant and Actionable. Great I thought, I can apply that to any coaching advice that I give… Continue reading Trusting agile coaches

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The obstacle is the way .. or not

I just heard the quote "the obstacle is the way," which I have heard more than once. I think it was originally said by Marcus Aurelius about 2,000 years ago. He probably actually said something similar in Latin and may have stolen the quote from someone else. Either way I think the idea is that… Continue reading The obstacle is the way .. or not

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Staying in the game is winning too

I was retrenched a few years ago (maybe 20) and one of the benefits I got was working with a coach who helped me work out what I wanted to do and also some "boring things" like writing resumes, going to interviews and other skills that I actually lacked. Applying for a job was something… Continue reading Staying in the game is winning too

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If legacy code is the excuse, legacy thinking is the cause

A lot of people I talk to are working with legacy code - old clunky systems that are hard to work with. These systems are slow to change, poorly understood and often fragile. The often seem to rely on one or two gurus, who know the tips and traps for working with them. What is… Continue reading If legacy code is the excuse, legacy thinking is the cause

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We (should not) judge ourselves by our intentions

I recently posted some "agile tips from my Grandmother," or some old saying that still apply in agile teams today. I want talking to someone this week and I shared another old saying: We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions. On old quote I think the saying is true, we do… Continue reading We (should not) judge ourselves by our intentions