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28
NOV
2008

Quantum of Solace

Saw this movie on Friday when everyone was out shopping (or shooting themselves – you take your pick).  I really enjoy Daniel Craig as the latest incarnation of James Bond and like the physical aspect of this Bond.  There are very few gadgets and these movies tend to be...
25
NOV
2008

“My Name is Carlton Nettleton…

“… I have been with the company for about a year and I am an Agile coach helping people improve their software products by focusing on communication and collaboration.” is just about the worst way to do introductions in a big group setting.  Why?  Well, think back to...
21
NOV
2008

Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

This movie was barely watchable, I wish I had those 2 hours back.   Talk about milking a franchise to the very end!   I mean, how old is Harrison Ford these days?  When you have a head full of gray hair, its time to hang up the bullwhip and fedora.  Oh, and how much money did...
21
NOV
2008

Picking The Right Tool

Last week, I ran a “lessons learned” exercise using the Wall of Wonder.  There were some issues around trust and safety with this group and I did not think the venue of “lessons learned” was the right forum to confront these issues.  So, when one of the participants piped in with...
18
NOV
2008

What Is Your Problem?

There are five commonly accepted Agile processes in practice today:Scrum, Extreme Programming, Crystal, Unified Process, DSDM.  Often times people who are interested in starting with an Agile process want to know “Which one is best?” or “Which one should you start with?”. ...
16
NOV
2008

What Jim Shores Says…

“It’s odd to talk about the decline and fall of the agile movement, especially now that it’s so popular, but I actually think the agile movement has been in decline for several years now.” Check out the full entry on his site for more.  Not much I can add; I agree...
13
NOV
2008

Agile Transitions Workshop

I am quite busy with the presentations lately.  Next up is an appearance at XPSD on December 4th where I will run a workshop showing how to use some simple tools to chart and monitor an Agile transition for your organization.  This will be a hands-on session.   The tools I will...
11
NOV
2008

A New Puppy For the Obamas?

The BBC is reporting that Peru’s Friends of the Hairless Dog Association is offering the Obama Family a 4-month-old puppy – a Hairless Peruvian Dog.   Turns out that Obama’s daughter, Malia, is allergic to most dogs.   It is certainly an interesting looking animal, but not...
11
NOV
2008

Ever Been Distracted?

Write everything distracting you in a list on a sheet of paper, crumple the paper into a ball and toss it into the center of the room (or the trash).  Try this out next time you got too much to do or when your in a meeting to regain focus.
06
NOV
2008

Wall of Wonder

At the SD Best Practices 2008 conference, I attended a tutorial by Ellen Gottendiener where she showed a storyboarding technique she calls the “Wall of Wonder” – it is a way to capture modern day “cave art“ifacts of our discussion.  This facilitation technique is a...
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