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But it’s so clear!?

I ran an exercise last week with a group of designers at a meet-up. I used the Rotating Flip Charts technique, a brainstorming technique where you place a number of flip charts around a large room, each with a single question. You then divide the large group into smaller groups (1 group per flip chart), give each group 5 minutes…

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Clarity in the midst of the the storm

There are some days that are easier than others. Days when you can’t seem to get it right, whatever “it” is. Frustration sets in. Anger even. “I didn’t have a problem with this yesterday!” ”This is supposed to be easy!” Even the calm, composed, rational thinking that you pride yourself on goes out the window. You find yourself judging people…

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No, you’re not a good driver

I drove by yet another terrible car accident this week. This just increases my hope that we’ll have completely autonomous traffic in my lifetime. I can’t wait for self-driving cars to become the norm and take over from humans.  We really do think we’re infallible and unbreakable. Our irrational brains are not made for the complexity of traffic. We hold on…

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More than just you

I’ve been coding over the weekends. I’m building an online platform as part of my masters degree. It’s been so refreshing working in the analytical and logical world of code again! So much of my life is spent working with people, listening, observing, coaching, helping them grow. Computers and code are nothing like that. Troubleshooting is easy. It simply involves…

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The guts of agile

This week I attended Agile Africa 2017 and was particularly struck by a debate that raged on in one of the fishbowl sessions about frameworks in the agile world, particularly the SAFe framework. Practitioners emotionally presented their various points of view – why this framework is so bad, why this one has more merit, why this one is the downfall…

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Turn to face it

I woke up yesterday to a cold front covering Joburg. Like most people (I imagine) I entertained the thought of staying in bed, warmly wrapped up. But I got up, dressed for crossfit, and went to get my morning exercise done. Yes it was cold, but the feeling of satisfaction afterwards was invigorating. After that I took my dog for…

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What’s in a name?

Language is powerful tool. The words we use are labels for concepts that exist in minds. They’re the mechanism for conveying our perception of reality to others. We often don’t take full control of this tool, using phrases, metaphors and vernacular that generalises our concepts to the lowest common denominator. I’ve been thinking about this with reference to the labels…

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The ever expanding horizon

As I sit here, looking out over my ‘hood on the first day of my 43rd year, I’m struck by how much my sense of self has changed throughout my life, shaped by the multitude of experiences I’ve gone through. I remember my early teens and my discovery of the joy and ecstasy of classical music, believing then that I…

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