Why I was wrong about Scrum + “Hard Goals”

I am so happy to admit to you that I made a mistake.

I thought reaching the goal was the most important thing. “Isn’t that what Scrum is all about?” (I thought). I used to value making sure my team’s completed point values looked good at the end of the sprint. I thought pushing them to produce work would be more helpful so they learned how to commit to a goal. But sometimes that attitude of mine simply encouraged the developers to produce code that either they weren’t personally proud of or that I sure as heck wasn’t happy with when it came to the code review. So what was the value of making it to the goal line if the ball is busted and deflated when it whizzes past?

Keep reading to learn why admitting your mistakes in not only ”okay” but also possibly the most productive thing you can do.

Making Small Positive Changes: 5 easy examples

We all know the deal– if you want to lose 20 pounds, start with losing 1 pound. But how do I lose 1 pound? And if you want to become a violinist, start by learning one song. But you think, “how the heck can I motivate myself to start?”

How To Be Productive + Avoid “Analysis Paralysis”

You’re staring at the blank screen and you have no idea what to write. Or maybe you’re staring at a bug in some software you have to fix. Every career has these moments where you have no idea where to start. You’re overwhelmed by the options, and you’ve found yourself firmly in a state of “analysis paralysis.” So how do you get productive when you can’t even begin?

We’ll share a wonderful tip from a surprising place: Hollywood.

Using Self-Affirmation to “Fake It Till You Make It”

“Oh, that’s just what I’m like”

Have you ever heard you or a coworker say the following?

  • “Oh, geez. I’m such an idiot.”
  • “Don’t mind me, I’m just a pessimist.”
  • “Hah, I guess my perfectionism is showing today.”
  • “I could never present at a meeting, I’m too antisocial.”

Beware of thoughts like this. I’ve heard it said that “we become the stories that we say about ourselves.” So try this:

Your Code Is Not Pretty / Your Code Is Already Dead Code

“Wow. Look at this code, it looks so nice! And it’s so clear and easy to read!” Clarity and readability are admirable things to aim for, but is it possible that the quest for “perfect” code is preventing you from actually RELEASING real functionality to the user?

Mindfully Screaming: How to deal with anger at work

Wait, what? You want me to scream on purpose? Yes. And I promise this won’t lead to the Human Resources department knocking down your door. In fact, it might even help prevent negative interactions with your peers.

Try the following surprising advice to get truly calm.

4 signs your job is beyond repair

Sometimes you might feel like there’s no recovering. You feel like you’ve broken your relationships with your coworkers or that their perception of you can no longer be changed. After you’ve tried our techniques (like creating quiet in your cubicle, adjusting your work life balance, introducing happy elements, etc.) you might find that you simply have one choice left: Change your job.

Doing nothing: The cure for procrastination

Have you ever passionately thrown yourself into a strange, unrelated task at work simply because you didn’t want to do your real assignment? Or has your partner ever asked you for help… only to have you snap at them that you were working on something “really important?” For years I found myself procrastinating by deflecting too. Why did I convince myself I was being productive? Thankfully, the practice of mindfulness is here to give you that time to discover why your mind wanders from “the boring task.”

In fact, it weren’t for the process of silently cataloging my thoughts (cough meditation cough) I never would have come to terms with my twin tendencies towards perfectionism/procrastination. Only in the quiet of my mind was I able to realize that I was obsessively pursuing “passion projects” because the real task scared me. But I’ll share with you how powerful humility is. I’ll also share how accepting your tiny, task-based fear can make you more productive than you ever imagined possible.

5 scents to help you get through bad days at work

I get it. Sometimes your job isn’t cutting it and you need a pick me up. In fact, sometimes your job just stinks— like literally. I once sat in a cubicle where the guy to my left wouldn’t stop farting and the cubicle dweller to my right wouldn’t stop burping.

I was literally hearing the sound of body gurgles in stereo audio.

Anyway… there are many reasons to introduce scents into your life bedsides deodorizing your workplace.