Sharpening the saw in 2020

I don’t know what word you would use to describe 2020, but I’m calling it disruptive. The economy, health infrastructure, culture, and daily routines are a few areas in our world that have been tilted this year. My biggest struggle of 2020 so far has been navigating an unbounded furlough for the last three months and competing for jobs in Read More …

Stop Chasing Squirrels

I have a friend Lynne who loves project management. Like all project managers, she has a system for how she tracks and manages projects. It shows a portfolio of projects with names, descriptions, status indicators, dates, etc. I like to think of it as an organized view of chaos. We talk often about improving project tracking and how we could Read More …

Write, Stash, and Wipe. A Reuse Plan.

I love productivity hacks. Last year, at about this time, I retired one of my paper notebooks used for tracking notes and to-dos. I never liked putting old notebooks in drawers or on shelves (clutter). I dislike even more discarding old notebooks (waste).  So I researched a few options for reusable notebooks and ended up purchasing a RocketBook.  My one-sentence Read More …

Paying technical debt

The term Technical Debt was originally used in the early 1990s by Ward Cunningham as a metaphor describing software development practices. Over the last three decades, the term has taken on a broader meaner and can now refer to technology practices in architecture, coding, testing, operations, and even security. While the original metaphor doesn’t fully capture the use of the Read More …

Planting organizational seeds for a sustainable future

I’m in the process of repositioning to a new role within the same company. I’ve done this in the past, but never viewed the transition through a lean lens.  When this happened early in my career, I looked forward to the new job without giving thoughtful consideration to the previous job. Sure, I had documentation and notes I could leave Read More …