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Learn How Difficult Conversations Unlock Successful Digital, Agile, Devops and Lean Transformations

Kaizen Done Right and Wrong

Kaizen Done Right and Wrong

We discuss tech organisations effectively improving incrementally, and examples of those doing without learning.

When to Stop Talking

When to Stop Talking

We discuss what happens when you run out of difficult conversations and consensus isn't going to happen.

Shortcuts to Success?

Shortcuts to Success?

We reflect on Ken Kocienda's tweet about Apple designing the iPhone and what this tells us about improving our own delivery.

Learning to Love Inconsistent Data

Learning to Love Inconsistent Data

Squirrel claims data consistency is an inadequate excuse. We explore this position and ask why companies are obsessed with having a single source of truth.

Red Work, Blue Work

Red Work, Blue Work

Jeffrey describes a new idea from Marquet, the division between "red work" and "blue work." We discuss how to balance these methods, and when imbalance might be useful.

Hard Work Not Hard Conversation

Hard Work Not Hard Conversation

Squirrel notices some coaching clients prefer to work much harder rather than discuss trust issues. We describe ways you can overcome this habit.

Discovering Ancient Wisdom

Discovering Ancient Wisdom

Squirrel and Jeffrey ponder the lessons of their youth and ask if such a fast moving industry has no time to learn from the past?

The Cook and The Nutritionist

The Cook and The Nutritionist

Squirrel and Jeffrey develop a metaphor describing effective product alignment, and suggest some ways to apply and misapply it.

Product-Led, Product-Minded, Product-Aligned

Product-Led, Product-Minded, Product-Aligned

Jeffrey contrasts common organizational dynamics. Squirrel worried "product-led" could leave out important opportunities to bring everyone in. We settle on "product-aligned."

What Your CEO Wants But Won't Tell You

What Your CEO Wants But Won't Tell You

Squirrel and Jeffrey describe Marquet's "Psychological Ownership" and how it goes beyond the "turn signal" they've previously advocated for.

As a Person, He's Great!

As a Person, He's Great!

Squirrel and Jeffrey discuss the difference between friendly and effective and the common confusion between being liked and being successful.

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