Intrinsic Motivation – Drive

I talk quite a bit about the concept of intrinsic motivation in my presentations and workshops. Intrinsic motivation describes our satisfaction in doing something simply for the sake of doing it.  Think of playing an instrument, solving a puzzle or painting a picture.  The activity is a reward in itself.  Daniel Pink’s “Drive” is great … Continue reading Intrinsic Motivation – Drive

Branching and Merging–Proceed with Caution!

Over the last few years I have worked with teams that feel a need to using Branching as part of their “best practices” tool set. The ALM Rangers were even nice enough to show teams how to build a mature branching scenario in their Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Branching Guide 2010.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION!  … Continue reading Branching and Merging–Proceed with Caution!

Analyze your Value Stream, A Quick How To Guide

Inspired by Michael Dubakov's article Flow. Discover Problems and Waste in Kanban, I thought I’d spend some time looking at Value Stream Analysis. We talk a lot these days about delivering value to our clients, but many of us don’t understand the details of how that is accomplished.  Sure we understand that raw ones and … Continue reading Analyze your Value Stream, A Quick How To Guide

Company Growth

I have founded or co-founded a number of startups, worked as a consultant for Fortune 100 companies, and been an executive in large corporations.  What I’ve come to hold true is that as a company grows it experiences what Dr. Larry E. Greiner calls “growth phases.”  Dr. Greiner postulated the existence of these phases in … Continue reading Company Growth