The Absent Boss Effect

You may recognise the scenario. A team that seems lethargic, low-energy, lacking communication, and delivering poor quality work can suddenly ignite into a high-energy team of awesomeness… all they need is for the boss to be on holiday, or at a conference, or in an off-site meetings – just generally not around. This is the […]

Software Developer Interviews

There is a big difference between interviewing for a Theory-X company and a Theory-Y company. The good news is that when you are looking for a Theory-Y company; you don’t need to worry about adjusting your style based on the organisation. Let’s look at the traditional Theory-X interview first. This is the one they trained […]

Filling-In the Care Gap

We all care quite a lot for the people we are close to. We also care about the grand collection of humanity. But we only really care about humanity if we can fill in the gap between these two circles. When you rage somebody off of the road, or are rude to a stranger, or […]

The Poirot Effect – Overstating the Case

I really enjoy watching the ITV television series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot”, starring David Suchet as Poirot and with enjoyable regular performances from Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, and Pauling Moran. The shows themselves are great fun, especially the lighter episodes; but that isn’t what makes this show such compelling viewing. The part of this show I […]

The Mainstream Effect

The mainstream effect describes a level of popularity that a given technique may gain, which causes the general knowledge of it to become dangerously superficial. When it exists in a small niche, amongst a dedicated community of practitioners, the technique proves to be highly effective. The technique is passed on from person to person in […]