Monday, August 5, 2013

Missing feedback loop. How can I serve a team member better?

In one-to-one meetings with my managers, past and present, I've asked about things I could do better. I've just realised that I've never asked the people I manage the same thing. How could I serve them better?

Some people might see this as weakness, but I see it as the opposite. If I'm not getting feedback other than top down, I'm missing a critical piece.

This shouldn't be an annual thing either, but a continual process of improvement both ways.

Of course this is going to require trust, which has to be built over time, but it's not going to stop me taking the first step.

Friday, August 2, 2013

The absurdity of 'the business'

I've often heard software development departments refer to other parts of the organisation as 'the business'. Not only is that wording divisive, but it's also completely absurd. I've often heard the same departments that we call 'the business', also calling other parts of the organisation 'the business'. We're all the business; we're not a lesser or greater part; we're all in it together