You Have a WIP Limit of One

From the time I started as a Scrum Master, I have had the opportunity to personally witness several different organizations' Scrum implementations, and discussed with others their experience with Scrum at their organization. Every organization does it slightly different, but that's OK. Some have been outstanding, and have inspired me to try many new things to solve problems on my Scrum teams. But, for every great example of successful Scrum implementations I have experienced, I've heard of several others where I'm baffled about how loosely their implementation follows Scrum. In those cases, I often hear people suggest switching to Kanban as a solution because they just don't think Scrum is working. Let me be clear: Switching to Kanban because your Scrum implementation sucks is a lazy and bad solution.

The Importance of Change

the importance of change

Change is inevitable. It’s a part of life that we cannot avoid, no matter how hard we try. It can be difficult to embrace, especially if it involves significant life changes like starting a new job, moving to a new city, or having a child. It's chaotic by nature. But, as Petyr Baelish in Game of Thrones famously said, "chaos is a ladder." Change forces us to adapt and overcome a certain amount of stress in order to reach a new equilibrium. Change is often hard to endure, but it can lead to positive outcomes, especially if you lean into it.

“Stop Starting and Start Finishing” in Work and Life

Have you ever heard of the saying, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"? This phrase perfectly captures the idea behind the discipline of "Stop Starting and Start Finishing". The idea is that we tend to start many things but fail to follow through and finish them. This leads to a lot of unfinished work and unfulfilled promises, which can create a feeling of frustration and defeat. Personally, I've experienced this a lot in my life - especially when it comes to my creative work. It's a big reason why I created this blog. The term "Stop Starting and Start Finishing," which is often used in software development circles, was popularized by Brian Tracy, a renowned motivational speaker… Continue reading “Stop Starting and Start Finishing” in Work and Life

How to Survive Social Gatherings as an Introvert

It's coming. The day you dread will eventually come where you will have to once again be around all those people. It was nice while it lasted, but soon you will once again have to deal with the ups and downs of being around others. It's draining. It's tiring. It's stressful. But you can survive, if you just remember a few tips to help.