Seven Quick Strategies for Effective Scrum Stand-Up Meetings

The daily stand-up meeting is an important component of the SCRUM process. It helps the whole team stay in-sync and up-to-date on what’s happening with the project, and it alerts everyone to blockers as soon as they become an issue. However, if you do a stand-up meeting wrong, it can become a real drag—and a time-waster. Read more on Seven Quick Strategies for Effective Scrum Stand-Up Meetings…

Unpacking the Confidence Code, Part 4 – Instilling Confidence in Others

One of the key messages in Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s book The Confidence Code is that, while each of us may begin with higher or lower levels of confidence due to gender, genetics, and nurture, the concept of neuroplasticity means that anyone’s confidence levels can increase. Read more on Unpacking the Confidence Code, Part 4 – Instilling Confidence in Others…

How Taking “Half-Steps” Can Further Your Career (& How Your Company Can Help)

Earlier this fall, I participated on a panel of women in STEM for the Grand Rapids Girls Robotics Competition. My fellow panelists and I had the pleasure of a very engaged audience of young women in high school, and we explored a wide range of topics relevant to women in STEM fields.

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Six Traits of Outstanding (& Outstandingly Successful) Clients

In over 15 years of consulting, I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of clients and stakeholders. While many of them were memorable for different reasons, some clients have been truly outstanding in terms of our working relationship and what we were able to accomplish together.

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Review: Withings/Nokia Health Steel HR Smartwatch

Author’s Note: Shortly after I wrote this review, the Withings family of products was moved under the Nokia name, receiving a new branding treatment and a new app as a result. While my Steel HR Smartwatch has the Withings name on it, the product is now owned and sold by Nokia.

I’ve had my Withings Steel HR smartwatch for a little over a month now, and I want to share my first impressions. Read more on Review: Withings/Nokia Health Steel HR Smartwatch…

Planning for Unpredictable Costs During Your Project’s Grow Phase

Most custom software projects have three major phases in their lifecycle. First, there’s the Build phase. This is the initial period of time when a platform is being designed and developed, which culminates with an initial launch (typically a Minimum-Viable-Product first launch or beta release).

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