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The Final Thing on My 2018 To-Do List

From Contempt to Curiosity

The Final Thing on My 2018 To-Do List The final thing on my 2018 to-do list that needs to be completed is finishing Caitlin Walker’s book, “From Contempt to Curiosity.” I have a few chapters left. It’s been highly thought provoking to this point. Clean Language One big take-away for me is the realization that …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #4: Empowerment

The Scrum Diaries

Empowerment Something I really love about the Agile mindset is that it fosters a sense of empowerment among team members. People are given agency to make decisions, to take initiative, to take ownership, to add true value to the team and the product. Leading by Example and Invitation In September, I got pulled into a …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #3: Connecting Up

The Scrum Diaries

Connecting Up Several weeks back, I published an article titled “The Agile Imposition” in which I described my experience with the Agile transformation occurring where I work. I told my tale of having worked on a Scrum team for quite some time before our CIO implemented the organization-wide transformation, which has left me feeling cut …

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Agile The Scrum Diaries

The Scrum Diaries – #2: Your Command and Control are Killing My Motivation and Creativity

The Scrum Diaries

Awareness As I’ve grown in my understanding of the concept of self-organizing development teams I’ve become more aware of the ill effects of command and control management. It takes the life out of people, makes them dull, limits them, disrespects them. At the same time, the person doing the controlling feels stressed, maybe angry, alone …

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Humor

Soul-Crushing Meeting

Soul-Crushing Meeting

Grab your latte and get ready to join the conference call that never ends! From the hold music to the endless circular conversation, the Soul-Crushing Meeting Playset will keep your kids busy for hours! I was going to write a blog post on “Tips to Make Conference Call Meetings More Effective.” But why bother? We …

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Agile Books Conferences/Meetups

Jeff Patton at Agile NYC Meetup

Jeff Patton at AgileNYC Meetup

A Man After My Own Sense of Humor Before meeting Jeff Patton in person, I already appreciated his sense of humor as I’ve been reading his book, “User Story Mapping.” His dry humor was no less apparent when I met him at a recent Agile NYC Meetup. When I arrived to hear Jeff’s presentation on …

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