My two young were boys gripped with excitement, watching football on the TV. The game wasn’t quite over but it was time to leave the house. My older son turned the TV off, while my younger son wanted to keep watching. The feedback was instant. Disappointed that the game had abruptly vanished, he smashed his older brother in the face. This happens with kids. Highly emotional, … [Read more...] about Feedback and how to avoid a punch in the head
I'm designating 2019 as the year to make progress. That's a big statement. What do I mean by it? I’ll tell you and I have a concept that I think will help. In some ways it’s a very simple and easy concept, it’s actually one that I was previously extremely sceptical about. Now I’m a new convert and 2019 seems like the year to really test it out. The good news is that it’s … [Read more...] about 2019 – The year to make progress
Never mind technical debt. How big is your decision debt? As a developer we often think about technical debt. Technical debt is a concept in programming that reflects the extra development work that arises when code that is easy to implement in the short run is used instead of applying the best overall solution. ie We take shortcuts to get code live fast. Short term this … [Read more...] about How big is your decision debt?
One of the most important tasks as technology leader is keeping your team motivated. Developers need to be challenged with interesting problems. If their work is challenging yet doable then they can reach a state of “flow”. This means they’re fully involved and engaged in the work their doing. This is a good sign that they’re highly motivated. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s … [Read more...] about “Flow, the secret to happiness” & Better Leadership