To time, budget and quality – honestly

I enjoyed a talk today, about how a software project was rescued by adopting a more Agile culture. In it was an exhortation to focus on value over deadlines. The latter can change what may be valuable, but the former is more important. How often do we wrestle with conflicting demands, when instead we could concentrate on merely taking the next valuable step? Take the … Continue reading To time, budget and quality – honestly

Don’t, but, didn’t

Reading a coaching article about the language we use (with ourselves, as well as others), I noted that we should avoid the words “don’t” and “didn’t” where possible. But, that seems really tricky I thought. I read that “but” should be avoided, too. Then I read that we shouldn’t be avoiding certain words, per se, and we should focus on positive, benefit driven language. There’s … Continue reading Don’t, but, didn’t

It happened, so own it

I related my meandering career path to a mentor I’ve just started working with yesterday. I say ‘career path’, but it doesn’t feel it’s had enough direction to call it a path. Their advice – own it. Whatever we’ve been through has given us some benefit or insight, if we looked closely enough and with curiosity. We might prefer to live without it, but there’s … Continue reading It happened, so own it

Status and contribution

In some ‘effective communication’ training today, we were encouraged to examine people’s status on two different scales of 1 to 10. black: external, positional, formal red: internal, emotional, personal For example, black status might be afforded by a person’s job title and red status by their confidence in that role. The combination of these scores determines their effectiveness. No matter their position, someone scoring low … Continue reading Status and contribution

Where to inquire

Having established that inquiry is more important than certainty, it’s worth thinking about where to inquire. Be wary of folks whose answers support only their own conclusions. Be pleased when you’re given the scope to probe, interpret and challenge. Be alert when opinion is dressed up as fact. Be content when your answer is a deeper, more meaningful question. Genuine inquiry is a challenge and … Continue reading Where to inquire

Less certainty, more inquiry

Listening to the Attribution podcast today, there was conversation around how most of us like simple narratives. To boil things down to those attractively simple stories, we reduce complex ambiguities into tidy absolutes. Humans are compressed into stereotypes. Journeys are contracted into linear paths. Possibilities are shrank to one version that loosely fits. Evolution has primed us to find the quick answer, and it pays … Continue reading Less certainty, more inquiry