Problem-solving fascinates me because no?two ways are?exactly the?same?and the conversation always looks different.?Learning new methods and?understanding?what actions?people?pursue in search of?a?solution?makes me better at my job and a better?human being.?I created?Bounded Context?for two reasons:?to explore how?leading?thinkers solve problems and?in hopes that you might discover a piece of knowledge to help you become a better problem solver?yourself.?
The first year was?an incredible journey.?I heard from twenty-four industry experts and?my curiosity?remains?at an all-time high.?I interviewed?friends, former colleagues, and?new?faces?and while?the?details?might differ, the goal?is always the same.?Lead?with empathy,?prioritize outcomes,?brainstorm options, progress in small steps, get?feedback?along the way,?stay?humble,?and?work as a team to deliver?impactful solutions.?It’s?been an absolute pleasure?to?explore?one of my favorite topics?with?such?incredible?guests?and share?it with?you,?our listeners.?
We’re celebrating one full year of Bounded Context and I’m recapping some a-ha moments and key takeaways from the first season.
Problem-solving is an opportunity for change BOB體育在線-官方入口
In Episode 19, my friend Tom Illmensee said, “The hard cards you got dealt this morning are actually a gift for you to figure out a clever way to play the hand.” Problem-solving extends far beyond technology.
Every single person is a problem solver. Stuck in traffic on your morning commute? Find another route to avoid congestion. Project deadline moved up a week? Quickly inspect and learn what you may need to adapt. Lack the motivation to achieve a personal goal? Ask for accountability, set weekly reminders, find creative ways to spark change.
The details look different for everyone, but behind every problem is an opportunity for change.
There is no preferred?method and?no single approach fits?everyone.?It’s?a life-long, ever-evolving?process?with?tremendous?lessons?along the way.?This is why I started?Bounded Context—as both a?guide and?an?invitation to?explore?opportunities and potential outcomes?in?your own life.??
Gain alignment from day one BOB體育在線-官方入口
I was joined by Andy Glover for Episode 15 and learned how he and his team at Netflix are working to measure productivity for software projects and developer teams. He said that productivity looks like moving fast with confidence, which starts by aligning teams around a shared vision from day one.
Before diving into a problem, ask yourself:
- Am I asking the right questions?
- What are my goals and how do they align to our strategic objectives?
- How can I bridge the gap between technical practitioners and executives driving strategic initiatives?
Be curious, ask questions, and gain perspective to find shared objectives before breaking into teams for specialized work. When teams lack a common direction or north star, productivity can go sideways quickly. Instead, define what success looks then create a plan to measure progress. Andy said:
“What is true productivity? It’s not just moving fast, it’s moving fast with confidence. What does confidence mean? A high degree of testing, reliance, scalability. So we get busy building and capturing specific metrics in terms of our objectives.”
Gaining alignment takes time but is critical to success.
Surf the chaos BOB體育在線-官方入口
Wes North joined me for Episode 20 and we discussed Cloud migration, the future of technology, and where IT Operations will be in 10 years. During the interview, he shared an incredible phrase, “surf the chaos”.
A?good?problem?makes?you question?things and comes?with a period of uncertainty.?Change is hard, especially when the stakes are high and your decisions could affect other people.?But this is the meat and potatoes?of problem-solving—when the unknown is?great, the opportunity?for change is?even greater.??
Is it?possible?to?make?major?changes?that drastically improve?your life and the lives of others??Yes. But?it?often requires?you?to surf the?chaos, adjust?your strategy,?and?lean on teammates?for support.??
Empathy is the superpower we all need BOB體育在線-官方入口
Sound familiar? It’s a quote from Leah Cunningham who joined me for Episode 21. Leah reminded me why we solve problems in the first place. Most industries boil down to the same thing—human beings solving problems for other human beings. Emphasis on the word human in that last sentence.
Problems come in all shapes and sizes and are inherent to being human. Every problem is a dress rehearsal for the next one. Practice?does not?make perfect, but?it does make us?better and more perfectly human.?
I had a blast with our first year of Bounded Context and am so excited about where we go next.