Hard-won

Adjective: Having been obtained with effort, despite difficulty and hardship.

Meeting Hygiene

Following the acquisition of Jabber by Cisco in 2009, I went from working in a 60 person company to a 100,000 person company. One of the most striking cultural differences in that transition was how the once-separate companies viewed meetings…. Continue Reading →

Roller Coasters

When somebody panics and that is confusing or seems silly to you, it might just be because you’ve become desensitized.

Talk about what really matters

In the summer of 2018, my organization was struggling in a number of areas.  Architecture was regarded as oversight rather than aid, leadership decisions were continually being challenged, process felt oppressive to some and they were actively working against the… Continue Reading →

The Lifeboat

Hitting the ground running in a new organization is a huge challenge for a leader. We have to assess the overall health of the teams, the technical aspects of the job, the talent of the individuals, the organizational dynamics, and… Continue Reading →

Scaling the Architecture Function through Organizational Growth

In a company‚Äôs early days, managing architecture is simple. When you have a single team building a product, they all have the principles in their head and peer accountability takes care of poor choices. As a company scales, the number… Continue Reading →

Less is More

While I’ve always felt that The Best Idea should win, there was a time in my career when I really liked for it to be mine. I was quick to express it and passionate in its advocacy and unsurprisingly, we… Continue Reading →

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