Use Research Time To Improve Your Team

The schedule of every IT team I have worked with is full.  There is always a steady stream of tasks to be done and technical debt to address.  This makes it easy for a manager or team lead to keep the whole team working at 100% (or more) day in and day out.  The problem with this full steam ahead approach is that it does not provide time for research of new technologies and skill development. Popular Example Google made …

Catching Up On Documentation and Overdue Tasks During a Lull

Summer can be a frustrating time.  Much like the end of the year, there are a lot of vacations to work around, and your team varies from week to week.  That makes this an excellent time to take your vacation as well.  However, when you find yourself at work with limited staff or tasks waiting for people to return, there is an opportunity for catching up.  Those secondary and less important tasks that never seem to get done are excellent targets …

Scaling Effectiveness – From Individual To Team

Whether you are an employee, entrepreneur, contractor, or other, there comes the point where you need to scale your abilities.  We can only do so much on our own.  Thus, the need for extending effectiveness arises as soon as we try to do anything of substance.  The trick is in finding ways to train others to produce a quality that is close enough to ours. A Specialist Problem It goes without saying that this problem is one faced by specialists …