LESS GEEKY TECH TALK = WINNING COMMUNICATION WITH THE NON-TECHNICAL

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

Us Neurodiverse thinking Tech Geeks tend to just “stick to the facts” when we explain. For me and most of the tech tribe, this means explain it in the detailed concepts we think in. This works great when the other person has a technical understanding of the topic and the time for the details. When dealing with the non-technical, “tech talking” for 10 or 15 minutes continuously is always the wrong approach. Most non-technical people are neurotypical types. They often color their impressions and make decisions based on how they feel. Frequently they consider social and emotional impressions over facts. This means facts and details will not make a lasting positive impression. Instead, you have to get them to relate to you and feel a human connection. Short personal stories and sound bites, not tech details are the key.

A well-crafted story, even if only a minute long, will make an emotional impression which will be long remembered. Weaving in a few facts with a...

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Scrum: Does it engage or enrage?

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2017

Values of Scrum

Commitment Team members individually commit to achieving their team goals, each and every Sprint.

Courage Team members know they have the courage to work through conflict and challenges together so that they can do the right thing.

Focus Team members focus exclusively on their team goals and the Sprint Backlog; there should be no work done other than through their backlog.

Openness Team members and their stakeholders agree to be transparent about their work and any challenges they face.

Respect Team members respect each other to be technically capable and to work with good intent.

*(Wikipedia Scrum Values https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(software_development) )


 Let’s start with why and what a Scrum is. A well run Scrum is for the technical employees doing the actual work. The purpose is to help the contributors be more effective creating the deliverable as a team. The addition of manager’s or stake holder’s doing...

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