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29
DEC
2008

If This Wasn’t True…

…it would be funny (Lost the Dilbert strip during the move, sorry 🙁 – 01/31/2009 CEN). In many big companies, the people who are allowed to bring about change are people who have titles like Director, VP, CIO, CMMI auditor, Black Belt – you get the idea.  One of the...
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...
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...
28
JUL
2008

Learning Something New

Last weekend I started practicing with the San Diego Armada – a beginner’s rugby league in San Diego. When I went to the Agile Coach Camp in Michigan, William Pietri suggested that to be an effective coach, one needs to learn how to do something new from time-to-time. It is...