Humans are amazing creatures. Our unique combination of DNA, environment and experiences cause each of us to see, experience and interpret the world around us in a way that is truly personal. Multiple people may experience the same event, but each of them will take something different away with them. Take a music concert, for … Read moreGet out of your own head
The drive for power is a human condition. We can’t escape it. It’s built into our DNA. The way that power is expressed is however up to you. One man might obsessively build up his body, only seeing power in physical strength. Another man might dominate his wife, taking power from her fear. An executive … Read morePower
There is nothing to prompt learning like pain and necessity. – Ray Dalio from Principles.
It seems to be a consistent pattern that people jump into solution mode prematurely. Often it’s important for us to go from a problem to a solution quickly. If we’re crossing the road and a car is coming towards you at high speed, the solution is obvious – RUN! But in the complex enterprises we … Read moreQuick quick, let’s get to the solution!
One of the most common rebuttals I often hear during an Agile transformation is “Oh, we’re already doing all this stuff. We just don’t call it Agile.” When I hear this, I try to stay as open-minded as possible, so I nod and find the first chance to observe. Usually my observations confirm very quickly … Read moreThink Different, fundamentally.
Reporter Paul Raffaele: “John [Frum] promised you much cargo more than 60 years ago, and none has come. … Why do you still believe in him?” Chief Isaac Wan: “You Christians have been waiting 2,000 years for Jesus to return to earth and you haven’t given up hope.” – Raffaele, Paul “In John They Trust” … Read moreThink twice before mocking cargo cults
All great truths begin as blasphemies. —George Bernard Shaw
Sofware development is a learning activity with code as a side-effect. – Kent Beck.
There is a progression towards mastery. There are no shortcuts. Shortcuts miss the point, which is that the journey is the most important part of mastery, not some final destination. The concept of shuhari is becoming quite well known in the agile world. It means roughly: “first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.” I leave … Read moreLet’s start with the basics, shall we?
Lately I’ve been observing the use of filler words. You know, like, actually, totally overused meaningless words. The two phrases that interest me most are “you know” and “I mean”. When people say “you know” all the time, are they craving for understanding? Is what they’re actually trying to say “Surely you understand what I’m … Read moreFiller up