Author Archives: Jennifer Payne

Why the 3 Question Standup isn’t Working for You


Do you come out of your daily standups unclear about the team’s progress and their daily goals related to the stories they’re working on? Do you avoid asking for more details, afraid the team may think you’re micromanaging them? Fear not, you are not alone. Unfortunately, I have experienced many ineffective standups on teams that […]

Effective workplace communication — Where to start?


“People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” —Will Rogers When I was first introduced to the world of software development (with very little experience), I knew I had found my calling. I started working in Quality Assurance (QA) and LOVED it. I knew this was what I was meant to do. I […]

Zen and the art of Cat Therapy


We spend most of our time working…constantly on the move and barely making time to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ It’s an old saying, but unfortunately not a new problem we all seem to battle. Typically we look to have fun outside of work life; but it’s equally important to have fun with the people […]

4 tips for building a culture of tracking time


Time tracking is in the DNA of the Intervals team because of the value it brings to the team and business. One benefit to being a professional services company that bills hourly is that you don’t have to carry inventory in the hopes of selling it. However, it does not mean we don’t have inventory. […]

How time tracking can increase team communication and boost productivity


When working with your team, has a task taken longer than expected? Everyone feels it, yet hesitates to say anything because no one wants anyone to feel bad that it’s taking so long? Upon trying to dig in, explanations are unclear and discussions around it start to feel more and more awkward and to be honest, […]

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