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In this blog I will share the lessons I have learned in real time as a junior developer. Because I work in an Agile world, I will also share my experiences with Agile development

Are you giving tone deaf advice?

Seek first to understand, before being understood Perhaps one of the most famous quotes from Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, it makes for a feel good quote that anyone can use to sound wise. However, I have observed the difficulty in applying...

Joy Inc. Review

I came across this book through a coworker who started reading it. The title was enough for me to reserve it at the library and start reading it. Turns out it is about a software consulting firm (which is also the company I currently work for) in Ann Arbor, MI (about...

What a pizza party taught me about team innovation

Enough time has passed for me to share this story with you (or for my future self). I often ponder the implications of introducing change to people, and why it is met with so much resistance. It took a pizza party to help me develop a plan. A few months ago our team...

Psyched Up Review

I read this book partly in preparation for my annual review. While dozens of Pocket articles and previous books have shed light on the art of mental preparation (think mental models from Smarter, Faster, Better), I thought a book solely dedicated to the art of mental...

Smarter Faster Better: Review

I started reading this book on a recent camping trip to Mackinaw City. I had allocated some time for hammocking, and since I get antsy in a hammock having a book to read was necessary. We chose this book to read for book club at work, that's how I came across it. Here...

Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: Review

When I first saw "Toyota Production System" and "creator" on this book cover, I became extremely excited. Why? Because I have heard much about TPS (called Lean Management in North America) and now I was going straight to the source. However, when I started reading the...