Uncommon Teams Blog

Tools, tips and tales to help you build your own Uncommon Teams

Michael Hunter

Nadine, the vice president of engineering for an early-stage startup, was talking with her friend Sam, also a senior engineering leader at another small software company. They had worked together ...

Michael Hunter

Back in 2008, I wrote a Dr. Seuss-inspired explanation of several personality trait-related systems. Forthwith: Types And Styles And Body Parts, Oh My MBTI describes how I interact with the ...

Michael Hunter

Nalini, Director of Engineering at a small software startup, felt disheartened. Everyone around the company was talking about their preferred methods for absorbing, processing, and communicating information. Even their CEO. ...

Michael Hunter

Tomás, the founder and CEO of a small software company, said to John, his coach, “I feel like I need a translator every time I talk with my executive team. ...

Michael Hunter

Thad had had seven successful years as a software engineer. Lately, however, he was being confronted by increasingly complex systems. While he loved a good challenge, more and more, he ...

Michael Hunter

Back when blogging was starting to become a thing, I tested software at Microsoft. I had opinions to get off my chest. I started blogging. Not many Microsofties were blogging ...

Michael Hunter

Susie, an experienced software engineer, joined our regular Wednesday video coaching session a few minutes late. She is usually a bit early, eager to discover what new thing she would ...

Michael Hunter

One of my favoritest tools is counterexamples. I use this anytime I’m struggling to identify, refine, or understand the edges of something. (Which is a lot!) When examining a thing, ...

Michael Hunter

One concept I consistently find helpful when joining a new team is Center Enter Turn: Center: Before doing anything, even before saying Hello! to anyone, is to take time to ...

Michael Hunter

Causal Loop Diagrams are a simple way to show the relationships between parts of a system and their effects on each other. I find them a simple and effective method ...

Michael Hunter

Your Life Map graphs your feelings about your career, family, friends, and romantic interests over time. Here are two examples created by my clients: While you can do this on ...

Michael Hunter

One of my favorite starting points for helping a team become Uncommon is Baseball Cards. Just as a baseball card has a photo of the player and some basic stats ...

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