Book Short: Scrum ptious
I just finished reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland. This reading was in anticipation of an Agile Facilitation training my executive team and I are going through next week, as part of Return Path’s Agile Everywhere initiative. But it’s a book I should’ve read along time ago, and a book that I enjoyed.
Sutherland gets credit for creating the agile framework and bringing
(The following post was written by one of Return Path’s long-time senior managers, Chris Borgia, who runs one of our data science teams and has run other support organizations in the past, both at Return Path and at AOL. I don’t usually run guest posts, but I loved the topic with Chris suggested it, and it’s a topic that I’d only have a limited perspective on!)
Managing Up in a Growing, Global Workplace
For many years, I thought “managing up” was a cheap way of getting a
A New Path Forward
Welcome to the world, Path Forward, Inc.!
I’m thrilled to announce the launch today of Path Forward, a new non-profit with a goal of empowering millions of women to rejoin the workforce after taking time out for childcare. We are launching today with a Crowdrise campaign. See more about that below. And we launched with a bang, too – the organization is featured in this really amazing story on Fortune.
The concept started at Return
I’ve written a bunch on this blog and in Startup CEO, about Agile Development and the Lean Canvas and Lean Startups in general (see a really old post on Agile Development from 10 years ago when we first adopted it here, and one on Agile Marketing here). The basic premise of all of this is that there is an old way to build software products and businesses, and a new lighter way loosely based on Toyota’s lean manufacturing principles. The old way is HEAVY — you spec out a produ
Well, that’s a mouthful. Let me break it down.
Ideas Matter Less Than Execution
Execution Matters Less Than Timing
Timing Matters Less Than Luck
There’s a persistent myth about entrepreneurs as heroes – the people with the brilliant ideas and Eureka moments that bring companies to life and create success. I’ve never believed in that myth, or at least not in its universality, as I’ve always valued both ideation and execution in terms of business bu
September’s Harvard Business Review had a really thought-provoking article for me called How Certainty Transforms Persuasion. Seth Godin wrote a blog post around the same time called The Illusion of Control. The two together make for an interesting think about using information to shape behavior as leaders. I’ve often been accused of delivering too many mixed messages to the company at all-hands meetings, so I enjoyed the think, though not in the way I expected to.
Today marks Return Path’s 16th anniversary. I am incredibly proud of so many things we have accomplished here and am brimming with optimism about the road ahead. While we are still a bit of an awkward teenager as a company continuing to scale, 16 is much less of an awkward teen year than 13, both metaphorically and actually. Hey – we are going to head off for college in two short years!
In honor of 16 Candles, one of my favorite movies that came out when I was a teenager, I
One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that as the organization scales, you have to be all-in, until you’re not. What the heck does that mean?
It means that, other than confiding your indecision to a very small number of trusted advisors on a given issue, indecision is poison to the people around you and to the organization in general. So even if you’re thinking of doing something new or different or making a tough call on something, you generally need to project
The Problem with Titles
This will no doubt be a controversial post, and it’s more of a rant than I usually write. I’ll also admit up front that I always try to present solutions alongside problems…but this is one problem that doesn’t have an obvious and practical solution. I hate titles. My old boss from years ago at MovieFone used to say that nothing good could come from either Titles or Org Charts – both were “the gift that keeps on giving…and not in a good way.”
As Return Path gets older, we are having more and more alums go on to be successful senior executives at other companies – some in our space, some not. It’s a great thing, and something I’m really proud of. I was wondering the other day if there’s effectively some kind of “RP Playbook” that these people have taken with them. Here’s what I learned from asking five of them.
People-related practices are all prominent as part of the Playbook, not surprising for a People
Fractals of Change: Are You an Entrepreneur?
Tom Evslin's entertaining Top 10 Ways You Know You're an Entrepreneur. Some may dovetail nicely if I ever write up my read of The Fountainhead through entrepreneurial lens!
A VC: Scars From The Last Bubble
Fred has a good posting on some of the downsides of having managed through the bubble bursting. I wrote about this (a little bit) last year in Ratcheting Up is Hard to Do (http://onlyonce.blogs.com/onlyonce/2005/01/ratcheting_up_i.html), but Fred's posti
Seth's Blog: Nine things marketers ought to know about salespeople (and two bonuses)
Great blog posting from Seth Godin on things the rest of us need to remember about how challenging it is to sell...and a couple pointers for the sales team about how to handle the rest of us!