10 questions for a manager to ask

Brian Carl issues a “call to arms for scheduled reflection” and lists several ideas to make it happen. He also lists some questions to contemplate.

  • What are my employees’ strengths? And how can I give them more projects that align with these strengths?
  • What is my company’s larger mission?
  • What does success look like in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, etc.?
  • What growth stage is my company/product in and how does that align with the product lifecycle?
  • How has the company culture changed and what are the values the employees are reinforcing to their peers?
  • Does this match what I/we say the culture is?
  • Does my team view change as a negative or positive? Do they resist it or welcome it?
  • Have I been spending my time effectively? Am I prioritizing enough time on the projects that are driving results?
  • What processes or meetings are I doing that are no longer relevant or not working like I wanted them to?
  • How has my audience/prospect changed over time? What do I need to adapt to get ahead of this change?
  • What gaps exist that are preventing me from hitting my goals?

Good questions are great! (I collect them.) But they’re worthless if you don’t ask—and answer—them. Go read Brian’s article for some good ideas.

Do you have a favorite question?

Agile and Lean Development Conference Resources 2014

This week I attended the annual Intel Agile and Lean Development Conference. This is the third time I have attended,1Here’s the post for last year’s Agile/Lean Conference. and IMHO, it was the best by far. The conference was better arranged, having a basic day, an advanced day, and a day of keynotes with industry experts. For the first time, Intel invited members of the community.

Throughout the conference, I took a bunch of notes. These are some of the resources mentioned in the classes and keynotes I attended.

I record them here so I can find them later. Maybe they’ll be useful for you, too.


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