Archive for September, 2011

#agileday2011 my raw notes from the Keynote with Linda Rising / #agile

September 27, 2011

Here are my raw, unedited notes from Agile Day New York. Will parse later and capture my reactions and those of others if I receive any.


– believes in the power of stories
– send her ideas for stories; call for insights

Presentation is on Patterns – mentioned Gang of Four book

New article series on IEEE software

Question she’s been asked “how can we force people to do Agile?”

Mentions Cisco vice president that if he has an initiative and people don’t do, he fires them. What you get from that is compliance. They will do as long as you are enforcing. “I believe onlybway to really change is to get people to believe it is the right thing to do.”

Asked who is rational. Found audience member – asked if married. Then asked if it was rational decision. Did he do a decision tree? No.

Cognitive scientists are telling us *none* of our decisions are rational.

Then mentioned how a deck on agile with rational argument for Agile does not take. Reason why people decide to do anything in an organization is not based on a rational decision. It is based on something else.

We don’t know, can’t know why we make the decisions we do. After the fact we can outline a reason why; we are good at making a rationalization. But has nothing to do with the real reason.

There are patterns on the website. First pattern set she showed:

Power of belief. If you are going to be someone who is going to change your organization, you must believe. Be an evangelist. Share your passion.

Agile might be a placebo. What do we think: Does it matter whether we have double-blind studies? We have no proof. We only have a lot of good stories, but no scientific proof.

Take small steps; build on successes and learn from failure. Repeat.
Test waters; Time for reflection; small successes; step by step. Then you can reach the tipping point. Has seen increments of a few hours at Amazon.

Timing is everything. For example better times to talk to people than others.

Companies announce: “Do more with less.” Means we have to work more.

How do these companies do this? They just announce it. Example at her husband’s company. And not a single person left; not a single person worked fewer hours. Not that they are resistant to change or stupid. Have no time to breathe or think of a better way.

How to get started?
Just do it. Do Food.

Goodness should win, right? Could it be that everyone thinks that his ideas are the good ones? Has nothing to do with tools. Bullet in a PowerPoint doesn’t convince, doesn’t brainwash.

An experiment shows that serving food opens the mind to ideas. So “do food.”. Double-blind studies show that the group fed food will support even bad ideas. Every time. And the qualitybof the food is important. Not what they say they want; what they really want.

All dictators say “I was doing it for good reasons. I am good person at heart.”

Build grassroots support:
– personal touch
– emotional connection

Main question is “what’s in it for me?” And if you cannot make an emotional connection, adopt another’s p.o.v., and only present rational, you cannot effect change.

Respect resistance; use it to your advantage.
– fear less
– trial run

We get stuck on differences. Male/female. Old/young. Etc. Hard-wired to do that. If we meet resistors we will start saying “those people” – we will start saying “those people.”

What do we do with those people? Fire them?

The most convincing thing you can do is to pay attention and listen. Treat that person as though they are wisest in the world. So play role of active listener and learner.

Seek them out. Respect that other point of view. 75% of the time that respect will listen them into being open to you. Move away from the fencing match model of “Ha! Ha! I win!” It doesn’t work.

What is Hyper Island and Do They Teach Agile? #agile

September 18, 2011


It may be better for someone to go into the Hyper Island experience without pre-conceived notions.  If you think you might have the opportunity to go to Hyper Island, maybe don’t read this post.

Discovering Hyper Island

The Future of Advertising, Fast CompanyOne day earlier this year, when I was reading articles trying to figure out how to get inside the Gated Creative Community and trying to sort the “Future of Advertising” for myself, I stumbled upon this article in Fast Company by Danielle Sacks (@daniellesacks) about her attendance of a Hyper Island Master Class. These three-day seminars are currently all the rage, evidently, for former adworld muckity-mucks trying to catch up with digital – or anyone in advertising, really, trying to survive the “Digital Age.”

The first thing I wondered is if Hyper Island had a connection to “Agile.”  (more…)

No One Wants To Know What You Think: The Trouble With Blogs #himc

September 16, 2011

HyperIslandWhile I’m supposed to be blogging about my “ahas” from a HyperIsland Master Class I just had the lucky chance to take, I’m at the moment inspired by a side comment made to me by a very senior executive.

No One Wants To Know What You Think

He wasn’t saying it “to” me, or “at” me, it was just sort of a comment, an aside, about the way things are in general, especially on the web.

I was inspired enough to google “No One Wants to Know What You Think” and found a few interesting points. (more…)