Food, Attention Deficit and Context Switching

“The art of eating your work.” Okay, had a stray thought while eating breakfast one fine Saturday morning.  It dawn on me that in today’s twitch generation, many people have fallen victim to the dangers of attention deficit and context switching. Attention deficit (AD) is chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.  It’s whereContinue reading “Food, Attention Deficit and Context Switching”

Root Cause Analysis – Core Competency

Related to removing impediments is the skill of identifying root causes, typically called Root Cause Analysis (RCA) within the technical world.  Some Project Leaders (be it a traditional Project Manager, Scrum Master or something in between) may believe that RCA is really a skill that the team has full ownership and that the Scrum MasterContinue reading “Root Cause Analysis – Core Competency”

Weatherman and Forecaster

Good project managers (and Scrum Masters) consider themselves like project “weathermen” — they report the current project conditions and forecast the future as accurately as possible. One important aspect of a weatherman (or weatherwoman) is to escalate quickly and effectively.  The project manager should have a “sixth sense” or intuition when a project is going downContinue reading “Weatherman and Forecaster”

Does Empathy Matter in the Workplace?

It’s very common in software engineering to recognize there is a right way to do things and then there is everything else.  Often, that “everything else” is the wrong way to do it. For instance, using no design pattern or an incorrect design pattern (i.e. a behavior pattern for a concurrency problem) would be “everythingContinue reading “Does Empathy Matter in the Workplace?”