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Want to build team collaboration, communication, and productivity? Make work visible!

A powerful technique for building team collaboration, communication and productivity is to make the work very visible.    You could create a Google document with a big list of tasks and share it with your team.   Simple list applications are not always designed for team speed.   In the ideal case, I want to be able to

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Creating Authentic Learning Environments using Project Based Learning and Scrum

Published on March 16, 2013 by in Uncategorized

As a leader for a software development team, I really enjoy seeing our team members teach each other.   Because I value education, I personally want to understand how various leadership practices foster learning.   On our team, we have decided to implement an agile project management style known as Scrum.    Seeing my project teams learn, grow,

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Women in Math and Science

Published on March 13, 2013 by in Uncategorized

There has  been a lot of chatter on the internet this week on successful women in the workplace (thank you Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg). Nature just dedicated an entire issue to women in science (see interesting article here). Seeing as I am a working mom and a scientist, I figured I would put in

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5 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/botguy/8090983379/sizes/m/in/photostream/) As I have been listening and talking to advocates of STEAM education, I have come to believe that we need to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and math as early as 3rd or 4th grade.   I had the opportunity to start hacking at programming using GW-BASIC when I was six

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Am I a teacher?

“Do you consider yourself a teacher?” This question was posed to me by a colleague standing in the door of my office earlier this week. My first thought was, “Um. Yes, don’t you? That’s why we’re here isn’t it? To teach biology?” I think I muttered some sort of intelligible reply, but the question left

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