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Think Different, fundamentally.

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 that there’s an awful lot…

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Think twice before mocking cargo cults

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” Smithsonian magazine, February 2006.

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Let’s start with the basics, shall we?

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 it to the Aikido master…

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Filler up

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 trying to say?” When someone…

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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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