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234 - No Shit Sandwiches - Meta-Cast

Episode 234

234 - No Shit Sandwiches

In this podcast, the speakers discuss the concept of "shit sandwiches," a method of giving feedback that involves sandwiching constructive or negative feedback between two positive comments. The speakers disagree with the effectiveness of this technique, arguing that it can be lazy and dilute the message being conveyed. They also suggest that it can cause confusion for the receiver and make them question the honesty and commitment of the person giving the feedback. Instead, the speakers recommend providing clear and contextualized feedback in order to effectively drive change.

The speakers also discuss the importance of investing time in giving feedback and the challenges that can arise when changing one's style of giving feedback. They recommend being clear and upfront about one's style of giving feedback and providing context for any changes, in order to avoid confusion and negative reactions. They also suggest starting one-on-one sessions with a discussion of feedback style and giving feedback early and often in order to facilitate a more open and collaborative environment.

Finally, the speakers discuss the importance of providing clear feedback, both positive and negative, and considering the preferences of the recipient in order to effectively communicate and facilitate growth. They also recommend being mindful of the timing and delivery of feedback, and taking the time to fully understand the perspective of the recipient in order to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.

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Josh Anderson is a seasoned software professional with a passion for agile methodologies and continuous improvement. As one of the hosts of The Meta-Cast podcast, Josh brings his wealth of experience and expertise to the table. With a knack for practical advice and a penchant for engaging storytelling, Josh captivates listeners with his insights on agile methodology, team dynamics, and software development best practices. His infectious enthusiasm and dedication to helping others succeed make him a valuable resource for aspiring software professionals.
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Bob Galen is a recognized industry leader and an authority on agile practices and software architecture. With years of hands-on experience, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to The Meta-Cast podcast. As a co-host, he delves into topics ranging from agile fluency to organizational transformations, providing listeners with invaluable insights and strategies. Bob's charismatic and humorous style, combined with his ability to simplify complex concepts, makes him a fan-favorite among software professionals seeking guidance on navigating the challenges of agile development. His passion for continuous learning and his dedication to helping teams succeed shine through in each episode of the podcast.