Want to write better user stories? Stop using “can”.

Feature Factories are dangerous things. You might even work in one and don't realize it yet. Here's a test: if your team built something 6 months ago and you've no idea if anyone is using it, or if anyone even finds it valuable, you may well work in a Feature Factory. If a new hotel … Continue reading Want to write better user stories? Stop using “can”.

Disconnecting From Work is a Skill We Need to Rebuild

Almost all software work used to happen in office buildings. Engineers commuted there, booted up their desktop computers, did their work, then turned them off and went home. There was no way to perform work anywhere else because the machinery needed stayed stowed away in company offices, inaccessible from outside. The rise of laptops, VPNs, … Continue reading Disconnecting From Work is a Skill We Need to Rebuild

Moving from Management to Enablement

What is an "Enabler Manager"? An enabler manager is someone who elevates their team members, empowers and inspires them, and enthusiastically helps them grow their careers. If you ever attend a management training course, you'll likely be told that it's very important to "enable your team". Actionable advice on how exactly to do that, however, … Continue reading Moving from Management to Enablement