• People as Resources

    Last week I did something that I generally try to avoid doing: I referred to people as resources. I don’t want to belabor why here, that discussion has been well covered on the internets. The gist is that lumping people into the same category as other resources dehumanizes people. What I’d like to do instead is talk about when I think it’s appropriate and when it’s not.

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  • The Efficiencies of Firefighters and Doctors

    We all want to be efficient. We want to get stuff done. We want to make the most of our time. That’s efficiency. Unfortunately, those two things - getting stuff done quickly and making the most of our time - are often at odds.

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  • Combining a Kanban Board with a Day Planner

    I mentioned previously that one way to hold oneself accountable to a goal is to to create a plan with microgoals milestones, and such. As someone who is passionate about agility and the practices that support it, a kanban board was my knee-jerk thought. But what about another tool I like, my Bullet Journal? I bounced back and forth a bit between the two, but then it hit me: They’re both flexible tools. Why not combine them?

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  • Handling Dependencies

    One of the hallmarks of the agile mindset is cross-functional teams. If you’re working within the Scrum framework, this means that the team is comprised of “members [who] have all the skills necessary to create value each Sprint.” The reason for this is that dependencies slow everything down. There are basically three different ways to approach those dependencies.

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  • 50(ish) Posts

    It’s that time of year again. The new year has come and gone, a couple weeks have gone by, and New Year’s Resolutions are already starting to fail in predictable fashion.

    I’ve written in the past that SMART goals can help you to succeed with your resolutions, but that’s not enough. Creating accountability for yourself is another way of helping you to achieve your goals.

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  • "Just follow the process"

    Variations on this are something I hear fairly frequently, from lots of people in lots of organizations. So why does this happen? Why don’t people follow the process. In my experience, there are three reasons.

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  • Scrum Graphic

    Recently, I was preparing for a Scrum class that I would be teaching remotely. Since I’m accustomed to doing training sessions in person, I’m used to drawing posters for my classes. However, this wasn’t going to work anymore and, as a result, I found myself in need of a good graphic of the Scrum Framework.

    So I made my own. If you find it useful, please use it!

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  • Remote Training

    Just before the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, I found myself serendipitously working for Pearson, a “remote first” organization. One of the things I was excited about at Pearson was that I was pretty sure that I would be able to continue the Scrum training courses that I had previously given at Shelter. I wasn’t sure what those training sessions would look like in a remote first organization, but I had hoped to continue giving them in-person, in the same two day format to which I was accustomed. Covid-19 removed that possibility.

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