What is better? Being a full time employee (FTE) or being a contractor or temporary/contingent worker? They each have their pros and cons to both the business and the individual. Having experienced both, I thought it would be helpful for others to understand key differences between both staffing options so they can make the most informed decision for themselves and their companies. When trying to be Agile, the choice has its own unique challenges regarding team engagement, motivation, and team forming/harmony, which will be discussed in more detail in a subsequent post.
Modern communication seems limitless. For low to no cost, I can communicate with almost anyone in the world, real time, using many different avenues. But with the convenience gained through these technological communication advances, we are losing things too. We are losing context, tone, intention, and presence
Introversion versus extroversion has been a hot topic over the past few years, especially since the release of Quiet by Susan Cain. In IT it is no different. Everyone knows the stereotype of the “typical developer” – the one who only wants to sit in their cube and code by him or herself all day. But it’s just that, a stereotype, based on some facts but not true for all. So how are we more inclusive of that person in Agile where collaboration, co-location, and teamwork are valued over solitude? Secondly, how do we encourage introverts to be leaders which is historically and stereotypical a role for extroverts?
Words are very important to me. Obviously, I’m a blogger. I write a plethora of emails, debate constantly about writing a book, write presentations and articles, and have written more papers than I care to think about. I also pay very close attention to word choice in speaking and obsess about implied meaning. You can tell a lot about what a person really thinks by the words they choose.
Waste seems to be a simple enough concept: anything that does not add value should be eliminated. But what about the features that are supposed to add value and actually don’t? What about the features that are started working on as an idea or a quick win that we do to just get it out there quickly – MVP style but not really – that end up being thrown away or redone soon after? Afterward, no one denies those are waste; but how do we turn waste into something that can be recycled?