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 the person you are speaking…

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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, and break down communication barriers with this…

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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 hard stuff (relationships) to the what we geeks understand. ______________________________…

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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 (e.g. preparation),…

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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 experience ordering software from a…

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