management

Lessons Learned From 15 Years In Business

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, around half of all businesses no longer exist after five years, while only one-third make it past their 10th anniversary. So it’s humbling to consider that my own company, Chariot Solutions, is turning 15 this month. While that’s no small feat, it’s also no coincidence. This software … Read More

Philly ETE 2017 #21 – Modern Agile: Taking Agile Back – Tim Ottinger

Some organizations have implemented a brand of “agile” which is full of ceremonies, conformance, compliance, and standardization; a heavyweight process that was never intended by original Agilists. Instead, we re-invigorate agility by (re)turning to values which focus teams on outcomes instead of outputs create a culture that welcomes teamwork and healthy confrontation support continuous learning … Read More

Philly ETE 2017 #20 – Perfections and the Business Cycle – David A. Black

Poet and critic Paul Valéry got to the heart of the relationship between art and business when he wrote, in 1922, “[For lovers of perfection], a work is never finished…but abandoned,” the act of abandonment being “the result of weariness or an obligation to deliver.” We software developers are, in the main, lovers of perfection–and … Read More

Philly ETE 2017 #17 – Building Better Teams to Build Better UX (Panel)

Today’s business and technology leaders understand that a good user experience (UX) is a leading factor in product success and customer happiness. Popular dogma says that cross-functional, autonomous agile teams are the way to achieve great UX — but this isn’t always true. This panel of designers, developers, and tech leaders will discuss the sources … Read More

Philly ETE 2016 #29 – Doc Norton – Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the Goal

Doc walks us through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health.

Philly ETE 2016 #23 – A. Jesse Jiryu Davis – Dodge Disasters and March to Triumph as a Mentor

Good engineers write good code, but the best engineers raise the skills of their junior colleagues, too. If you’re a senior engineer, you must learn to mentor new hires. Especially if you’re committed to diversity: mentorship is critical to the careers of women and minorities in tech. I have failed at mentoring, then succeeded. I distinguished five warning signs that a mentorship will fail, and five prerequisites that make a mentorship very likely to succeed. Learn from me, and march to mentorship triumph.