SimplyTest.me From The Ground Up

Posted on Wed, 09/22/2021 - 18:58

When I took over as the project lead for SimplyTest.me, the previous lead shared three primary things with me: The system had a non-trivial amount of technical debt and was rising more with time Significant changes were coming with Drupal 8, Composer, Drush, and more His interest was elsewhere As part of my proposal, I promised to do what I could to revitalize this. While this effort has taken years, we have hit another major milestone in our journey: We launched a completely new version of SimplyTest.me. We rebuilt the system from the ground up in an effort to revitalize the project. It’s

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Weekend Thoughts, 9/11/21: A legacy

Posted on Sat, 09/11/2021 - 14:08

On the 20th anniversary of 9-11, it’s hard to ignore how fleeting life is. What we accomplish during our time is up to us. What do you want your legacy to be? Are you fulfilling it? Do you maintain awareness toward your goals and what impact you want to have? While I’m most proud of my family and the legacy I will leave through my kids, we are also afforded opportunities to leave a legacy professionally. Building great products is an incredible opportunity to help and serve others. The trust and confidence customers place in our hands is not a responsibility we should take lightly. We need to

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Weekend Thoughts, 9/4/21: Leading through change

Posted on Sat, 09/11/2021 - 14:05

Changes to teams, organization, structure, or process should be thoughtful and done with patience. Change can take time to materialize. Teams often don’t like change. Making changes too frequently often doesn’t allow a team to get past the storming, norming and performing phases and therefore doesn’t allow for the expected investment to be realized. And, changes are disruptive. Changes should only be executed when it’s necessary. They shouldn’t be knee jerk or reactionary. It needs to be well thought out and planned. Slow and methodical. Plus, we are all human. Change can be hard, even for

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Weekend Thoughts, 8/28/21: Where there is chaos, there is opportunity

Posted on Wed, 09/01/2021 - 11:33

Companies are dynamic. Needs can arise on a moments notice. But these needs can present opportunities for employees to deliver when called upon. Where there is chaos, there is opportunity. Some people shy away from this. “That’s not my job” or “why are we asked to do this” are common things I hear. What is your perspective? Is it that you can’t or shouldn’t be asked to do new things when a need is there? Or, are you prepared to be the one to help when called upon. I tell my teams that our value is based on how we show up when it’s most needed. This is, in fact, our teams identity. People call

Weekend Thoughts, 8/14/21: Focused Priorities

Posted on Wed, 09/01/2021 - 10:28

Organizations that are able to focus on priorities get things done. While this sounds simple, it requires the discipline to not change priorities rapidly. Priorities can’t just be the flavor of the day - even if the organization learns of more priorities. Trust is lost with teams if priorities change too rapidly, as team members question why a top priority suddenly isn’t a priority. Plus, delivery is contagious. Teams given the time and opportunity to focus often succeed and continue to succeed, as this becomes the ethos. Combined with effective prioritization, magic happens. While I advocate

Weekend Thoughts, 8/1/21: Growth Mindset

Posted on Wed, 09/01/2021 - 10:13

This week I gave a brief presentation on mindsets. The contrast between a fixed and a growth mindset can be significant. I believe a growth mindset is critical for leaders. You must be able to see the potential in others without a perception of threat. It’s not about you. If you ever aim to do big things, you need the imagination and passion to dive into unknowns. A fixed mindset prohibits this, and more. Trust is eroded if you don’t see the potential in others and this is subsequently damaging to a team. And be mindful that it is very difficult to do ambitious things alone. Your mindset is an

Weekend Thoughts, 7/15/21: Get into details

Posted on Wed, 09/01/2021 - 09:54

I am going to start posting blogs for a semi-recurring, weekly post I make on LinkedIn. I've been more active there with shorter, summarized thoughts. They often summarize something I've learned or some perspective I've gained during the week. The first was posted around 7/15/21. As follows: Post: Big wins are just a collection of small steps. To be successful, you need to get into the weeds of those small steps. Visions are directional, but plans are tactical. Any good plan should help define the specifics needed to achieve the vision. Teams plan and operate better when breaking complex