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The 3 engineering productivity killers you should watch out for

The productivity of your engineering organization is a sum of many things, most notably: collaboration, focus, and planning. After reading this article, you’ll know exactly what to do if your engineers are working in silos, if they’re working on too many things at once, or if they’re struggling to limit the scope of new product increments.

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Managing yourself

Managing yourself includes managing your internal state (how you feel about yourself and others and your emotions), time, relations at work, dealing with conflicts, setbacks, and difficulties, being present and investing in personal growth. Through these coaching sessions, it’s become clear that most of us aren’t even aware of ourselves, take managing ourselves for granted, and float along in our daily lives.

Plan for tradeoffs: You can’t optimize all software quality attributes

An essential part of requirements analysis is understanding which quality characteristics are the most important so that designers can address them appropriately.

Prioritization, multiple work streams, unplanned work. Oh my!

On development teams, balancing priorities while keeping focus is hard. Without an intentional approach you can quickly find your team submerged in a lot of different work, hurting progress on your most important goals.

Don’t make data scientists do scrum

Thoughts from a data scientist and Certified Scrum Master.

What to do when you’re stuck in the survival zone

“I realize,” a CEO client confessed recently, “that I’m spending the majority of my time at work feeling easily triggered, frustrated, impatient, and exhausted by the end of most days. And my whole team is in the same place that I am.”

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