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  1. Succession for Scale

    Recently, I have been thinking about the role of the executive in a scaling startup.

    As a senior leader in a growing company, you need to be scaling faster than the organization. You grow by scaling yourself and the leaders in your team more quickly than the business. This fact …

  2. To Leverage New Technologies, HR Teams Must Upskill

    Over the last several years, human resources teams have been able to take advantage of ever more technology tools. One reason for this is the large numbers of businesses embracing digital transformation, helping business leaders understand the insights that data can bring them driving new vendors to enter the space …

  3. A resignation can be an opportunity

    People leave jobs. If you are a manager, people will leave your team, just as someday you will leave your team.

    When this happens it’s an opportunity, a chance to re-evaluate. While you might want to immediately pull out the job description that you used when hiring for the …

  4. Hiring Agile Coaches

    A team working with a coach

    I was inspired by this tweet from Dave Nicolette to talk a bit about what I look for when hiring Agile professionals.

  5. The Personal Strategy Off-site

    A photo from my last personal strategy day in January.

    If your company is starting to plan for getting back into your office, now is a good time for you to schedule a personal strategy day.

    The Whirlwind

    In the whirlwind of the day-to-day work, it is often hard to carve out time for something that does not have a …

  6. Agile at AstrumU: A Case Study

    Introduction

    This article is meant to present how we organize our work at AstrumU, a startup based in the US in Seattle with remote offices for sales and some of the development team. Our development team has grown significantly over the last six months. The company is about a year …

  7. Using Self-Selection to Create Journey Teams at Avvo

    Many companies are interested in experimenting with self-selection as a way of organizing their teams. I see questions about the process often in online forums. While there are some excellent books and blog posts on the topic, I thought that I would share a self-selection exercise that we did at …

  8. How I Get My Focused Work Done

    In management, we can become very "interrupt driven." We get so used to distractions that we count on them. This dependency can make it very hard to focus when we need to. My calendar fills up with meetings. My unscheduled time is full of people stopping by to ask questions …

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