Team Development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Article: Team Development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning (Bruce W. Tuckman 1965)

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I believe teams go through the stages called out by Bruce Tuckman. As a manager/leader, it is important to understand what stage your team is in, and why you, as the leader . . . → Read More: Team Development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning

The “Happy Meter” – How to Improve Employee Happiness and Retention

Article: The “Happy Meter” – How to Improve Employee Happiness and Retention (George Swan) I came up with the “Happy Meter” many years ago, initially in frustration with people coming into my office to tell me they are leaving, even though each week in our one-on-ones, that same person had said “Everything is fine” . . . → Read More: The “Happy Meter” – How to Improve Employee Happiness and Retention

Management Time: Who’s got the Monkey?

Article: Management Time: Who’s got the Monkey? (William Oncken Jr.)

This is a timeless article that is simple to implement, yet has the power to 1) free up the managers time, and 2) empowers the team.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Book : The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

A great book for managing both personal life and professional career. However, there are several key messages in this book that play directly into management or leadership of software projects. Key points; You are in charge of where you spent your time. . . . → Read More: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment

Book : Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment: How to improve productivity, quality, and employee satisfaction (William Byham)

Written as a fairy tale, and a quick read, this has to be one of the best management books around. Simple concepts on how to motivate and empower you team. Easy to apply. Powerful results.

Getting Things Done

Book: Getting Things Done (David Allen)

A great time management book. Outlines techniques for effective time management through organization. We have all seen our ‘to-do’ list spill from our official medium (task lists?) and overflow into post-its, along the sides of other pieces of paper, or simply ignored/forgotten.