“Your team walks into the chamber. On the wall to your right is a board, listing a number of tasks that you need to complete. A clock on the far wall begins counting down. You have two weeks. What do you do?”
I am one of the co-organizers of a local Agile Meetup group (APLN-Chicago). Our monthly meetings are generally attended by folks in one of two camps: The first, I’ll call the Agile Seekers — people who would not consider themselves experts, but are there to learn the what/why/how of Agile. The second group I’ll call […]
The instant message app chimed on my desktop. “How confident are you that we won’t find any more defects in testing?”, the department head asked. I glanced over at the task board, at the lone sticky note sitting in the “In Progress” section: “Architecture Review”, it read. I popped open the chat window, and responded, […]
My wife and I sat in the family room, watching a recent episode of Deadliest Catch. At this particular moment, the focus is on the Cornelia Marie the boat formerly run by Captain Phil Harris, who died several seasons ago. Since that time, the Cornelia Marie had been off-camera, without owner or without anyone to serve […]
The Sprint Retrospective had just ended and I was finishing up my notes from the session. I looked up and found that Wayne and Garth (not their names) had hung back after everyone else left. We started talking about the sprint, and that led to discussions of the project, and that led to questions of […]
There are dozens of books out there on management and leadership styles. There are dozens of books about Agile methods and the application of Agile principles. There are probably hundreds of books on the psychology of groups. In my opinion, there are not enough books that combine these concepts. The interconnections and application are left as […]
While vacationing this year, I took my ten-year-old daughter Julia sailing on SERENITY, our Catalina 14.2.
When I was in high school, my friend Scott and I took his father’s sailboat out on the lake where our families spent summer vacation. We had each been sailing numerous times; always as crew, never at the helm. We both knew the lingo; “Come about” and “Pull that jib in tighter!”. I had taken […]
How often can we say that we’ve found our true calling in life?