Product Owner, software team leader + nerd, book reader, pet lover, sci fi enthusiast
Worse of all, though, his concern that “We aren’t building the right thing” will be replaced with “We aren’t building the thing right.”
Remember that your programmer is taking a risk when they offer a new idea. The bigger the idea, the bigger the risk.
“You can’t change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” -Jim Rohn
The problem is not the distraction. The problem is you.
Most people don’t realize having positive, restful free time is a skill they need to develop.
But this is exactly what the world’s most successful people and top performers do. They know their ability to focus and avoid distractions is the difference between making thousands of dollars a year and millions of dollars a year.
“Successful people don’t see it as free time, they see it as the only time they have to do the things they really want to do in life — and they don’t take a minute for granted.” -Nicolas Cole
An organization that establishes safety as a prerequisite and experiments together, will improve together, and win together.
And while software might love a standard, real life is messier and more extraordinary than any product backlog gives it credit for. We can’t solve this simply through process, by automating tests for “Ethical Acceptance” or creatin…
Continuous improvement is an investment. It takes time and focus. An alternative perspective is that it is management’s job to create the conditions for continuous improvement, and not to drive it themselves.