Deane Banker


Improving Management Through Agile

What is Agile?

On February 11th 2001 a group of seventeen individuals representing different software development metholodies such as Scrum, Crystal, & Extreme Programming, met to create a Manifesto for Agile Software Development. The Manifesto reads as follows...


Expectancy Theory & Motivation

Have you been struggling to motivate your employees? Maybe they’ve flatlined and just won’t perform to the level of satisfaction expected or perhaps they are behind schedule. All of this ties in to Expectancy Theory...


Origins of Toyota & Their Production System

Sakichi Toyoda born the son of a poor carpenter saw his mom toil everyday on her loom. Being a bright inventive type Toyoda seized the moment...


Common Ground

The Commons is a place of shared resources available to all individuals. During Medieval times the commons were typically land such as...

The Law of Attraction

In the school of philosophy there are two theories that exist. One simply states “opposites attract” the other “like attracts like.” Both of these theories are true as it applies to human behavior. However, as a mindset The Law of Attraction is very effective in building interpersonal relationships...


Lean Management

After Toyota’s major success with their production system in the 1970s many american manufacturers began applying the principles of toyota to their production line. This technique came to be known as Lean Manufacturing. However Lean proved to have much broader implications and it is used as a managment technique in many industries today including technology...


Saying No!

For many of us saying no can be difficult and even detrimental to our career. Some employers will view a simple “no” as a threat which is why it’s important to know when to say it. However “no” is a powerful word and can be a tool for growth especially if you are trying to advance your career or start a political revolution...


Kanban

At their core projects are just a set of tasks that need to be done for a product to be made. Increasingly this becomes difficult as projects grow in complexity due to dependencies. This is where Kanban comes in...


Creative Conflict

At some point in our lives we will be placed on a team where team members just seem to synergize. Then if we leave this team that synergy simply cannot be matched either due to culture or personalities. Central to all of these teams is Creative Conflict the ability to challenge each other to be the best they can. The foundation of this is built upon a set of traits shared by all the teammates...


Scrum

When the term “Scrum” comes to mind a handful of individuals think about rugby while the rest stare at you confused. For software managers however Scrum is a well known term. For those unfamiliar Scrum it’s an approach to project management focused on user stories, iteration/continuous improvement, short stand up meetings, & sprint retrospectives...


Quid Pro Quo

Throughout our lives we make millions of exchanges whether it be for objects of physical value or services to others. This exchange isn’t new; since the origins of civilization these exchanges have existed in the form of bartering. Today everything has become a transaction; we give money and get something in return. However, the best success comes from exchanges in which both parties gain something of value without putting down much in terms of capital. This exchange is referred to as Quid pro Quo from latin meaning “This for That.”...


Planning to Fail

The strongest leaders recognize problems before they emerge and swiftly adapt. Yet there will still be times when even the best leaders will be unable to predict failure examples include: the Great Depression, World War II, or a Political Revolution. During these times some survived but many crumbled because they were unable to adapt. This is a consequence of life in that it can be unpredictable thus it is important for all of to prepare ourselves for failure and mitigate the damage...


Saying Yes

Programmed into our culture is a sociological reward system to say “yes”. Some like the Yes men argue that this conditioning has helped multinational corporations and governments to carry on many of their dehumanizing behaviors which ultimately affect the individual. At the same time it has created a culture that encourages “go getters” to pursue new opportunities by simply saying yes. Whether you want to expand your network or advance your career it’s important to recognize when to say yes...


The Job Story

In a recent article on Medium I learned about a different approach to writing User Stories called the Job Story. The two although similar seek to evaluate tasks in different ways...


Traits of Success

When a new manager comes onto a team there is often hesitation or criticism for team members. The reason for this is that people generally don’t like change, so they are quick to judge and slow to listen. To break free of this as a manager it’s important to consider the traits common among successful leaders...