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Use Decision Deadlines to Plan for Product Deliverables

Many organizations ask teams to forecast when the team can deliver a feature. (Or finish a project.) That request often means the teams spend a ton of time forecasting, not delivering. Instead, what if managers told the team when the managers want to make a decision? The team could deliver enough to help the managers make those decisions. Instead of ...

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Five Tips for Your Successful (Hybrid Remote) Satellite Team

You’ve spent the better part of two years organizing for all-remote work. Now, your managers want people back in the office. However, your team won’t all be back in the same time and space. People get to choose which days (and possibly hours) they come into the office. That means you don’t have a collocated team. You also don’t have ...

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Leadership Tip 14: Reduce Other People’s Dependence on Your Decisions

You’re a leader in the organization. And you’re supposed to be at another meeting, that started 15 minutes ago. Your previous meeting ran long, so now you’re late. But the conversation you just had? That conversation prevented a bad product decision. (Or, it prevented a customer meltdown. Or something equally important.) At least, the decisions you made earlier seemed quite ...

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How to See Business Agility: Adaptable and Resilient Management Actions

More of my clients say they want business agility. (That’s a good thing.) Yet, we don’t share a common definition of it. My clients mostly discuss their mindset. Mindset might help people, but it’s not sufficient. Instead, let’s consider how to see management’s adaptable and resilient actions. Those actions show that managers change their actions in the face of new ...

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Writing Secret 3: Choose When to Use Passive Voice

Most of us writers start with bad advice, to write “formally.” We’re not supposed to talk to the reader. Or, we’re supposed to avoid stories. Worse, we’re supposed to use passive voice. That leads us to write like this: <A person> will be missed.Your work is appreciated.This work needs to be undertaken. Here’s what’s common in all of those sentences: ...

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Shorten the SDLC With DevTestOps in Agile | Why Teams Do It

DevTestOps and DevOps – Not Just Another Hype Don’t worry. DevTestOps isn’t another new term to create turbulence in our IT and DevOps world.  Similar to other topologies like DevSecOps, which emphasizes more on the “Sec,” or security matters, DevTestOps stresses the aspect of continuous testing and CI/CD in DevOps.  At the same time, to uphold the culture of saying ...

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Clarify the Difference Between Outputs, Outcomes, and Benefits

When I sent my newsletter last month, Modern Management: Want Valuable Outcomes? Create Overarching Goals, several readers asked me questions. Why did I differentiate between outputs, outcomes, and benefits? I decided that was worth a blog post. Here’s how I define and use the terms. Outputs By themselves, a customer can’t use an output. We might use them as a ...

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