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 …

Creating culture with remote teams

“What are ways you are building a ‘lean culture’ with remote team members?” I posted this question on Twitter and a LinkedIn group because during the 25 years of my professional career, I’ve seen working from home (telecommuting as we used to call it) go from a special once-per-week privilege to a common status of working from home multiple times Read More …