This is one of my core principles. Everyday I work hard to ensure that members of my team can wake up with a sense of purpose. It sounds easy, but like most things in leadership – it’s difficult.
It’s a big goal to set. I try and achieve it every day – and to be honest I don’t always succeed. That’s why this is a team task. During the retros and during my walks and conversations with people, I ask and collect information that will help me work out how to make everyone ‘wake up with a sense of purpose’.
This is how we put a bounce in our team mates step, how we make them want to jump out of bed in the morning and how we inspire them to bring their best to work.
Continue reading Leadership Series: Wake Up With A Sense Of Purpose
I was working with a client the other day and was asked how we attract such great talent to our projects. “Steve, you always seem to have the motivated team, the stars… that makes delivery easy”
Whilst attracting bright talent is a focus of mine (who doesn’t want to work with bright people?), we work hard at it, we also work hard at keeping them and maintaining the motivation.
Our underlying philosophy is pretty simple and is broken down into three points that anyone can use. Continue reading Leadership Tip: Inspiring Your Team
The other morning I was a guest presenter (I really don’t like that word… I interacted with people) at a breakfast with Deloitte in Brisbane. The topic was, agile, how I’ve implemented it and the results achieved at my latest client.
Half way through this session I chuckled to myself and coined the phrase ‘dirty agile’ – agile from the trenches. Since then I have received a lot of interest in dirty agile.
The term dirty agile reflects scrum after many retrospectives. The flavor of agile that we now run throughout this program can be clearly traced back to the manifesto principles and you can see its roots are in SCRUM, however it fits the organisation, their risk tolerance and low project maturity very well.
Jeff Sutherland – the founder of SCRUM explains that SCRUM is ‘onboarding for agile’. It is a set of ‘rules’ to get you going, it is not Continue reading Dirty Agile
Over the past 25 years of delivering solutions in multiple countries and multiple organisations I have never had the support from exec like I do from my current client. From the board, to the CEO to the executive directors, to the business… we are backed and supported.
This stacks the odds of makes top down, bottom up change, success heavily in our favor.
It is common for the CEO to walk into the program room, sit down with me and ask Continue reading Executive support is mandatory for agile