Why not to forget that relationships are living things

What I learned about this week

Small Teams are Better

There’s science behind keeping teams small. Adding one person to a team doesn’t just add 1 more node, but n+1 connections in the team. It’s why adding people late to a project is a recipe for additional delay.

Here’s a visual —


Things get complicated fast. It’s why Bezos is famous for his 2 Pizza Rule. We limit our sprint at Sprintwell to 8 participants. There’s power in small teams.

Conversation > Documentation

This is one of the concepts that underpin agile (if you haven’t read the agile manifesto, though originally meant for software, you should).

Every few weeks I’ll hear someone say, “If we just clarified more upfront, then we’d avoid some messes.” The problem is that with unknown problems, you simply can’t get perfect clarity upfront. A habit of open dialogue can solve for the gaps that will exist even given the best documentation.

Why not to forget that relationships are living things

Dr. Sue Johnson was on The Knowledge Project Ep. #62 talking about fulfilling relationships. Some highlights include:

  • Many people have no idea what they want

  • We need connection

  • Vulnerability shows who we love and who loves us

  • Relationships are living things

It’s surprising how easy it is to forget to invest in the relationships that matter most.

What did you learn this week?


What I published this week

No videos or articles this week (a few in the works for next week). That said, I’ve found a lot of wonderful conversation being move involved in product/agile conversation on twitter.