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Motley says: "Tell it like it is, no matter how many bodies you leave behind"
Summary Motley: Tell like it is. We have a business to run and getting straight to the point is most efficient. Maven: Interpersonal skills help you ascend the career ladder. Don't be a jerk. Some tips include avoid interruption, ask questions, use more "I" vs. "You" statements, understand...
17 Feb 2009
Motley says: "ALL developers are the same - introverted and logical. No exceptions."
Summary Motley: All developers have the same personality type - introverted and logically-minded. A personality test for a developer would be a waste of time. Maven: Build a diversified team with different personality types; learn what type of personality each person has as everyone is different...
15 Oct 2008
Motley says: "Use Scrum in my personal relationships?!? Don't be such a geek."
Summary Motley: Use Scrum in my personal relationships? Don't be such a geek. Maven: You can apply the same lessons as Scrum teaches to your personal relationships - lots of communication, planning, iteration, and retrospectives focusing on continuous improvement. Just translate the really...
22 Jul 2008
Motley says: "Meetings: None of us is as dumb as all of us"
Summary Motley: I read an interesting statement the other day: "Meetings: none of us is as dumb as all of us". The only good meeting is a canceled meeting. Maven: Meetings can be useful, if they: have a goal, have an agenda, limit attendees, are scheduled respectfully, are clear on expectations...
15 Jan 2008
Motley says: "The best way to get what you want is to complain… loudly"
Summary Motley: The best way to get what you want is to complain… loudly. Maven: Complainers can get ahead, but try being pleasant and nicely asking for what you want. You often end up with more than you counted on. ______________________________ [Context: Motley just had a poor...
21 Aug 2007
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