Archive for September, 2013

@kjscotland talk #agileday

September 19, 2013

Does the system have potential for the future.
Heuristics is focus of talk

Point is to get organizations to learn.

Dave Snowden

20130919-113947.jpg — rules is rules

Also Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow

Roger Martin book: the knowledge funnel

Situations change so have to revisit the Algorithm.

The Black Swan logic.



Getting to shared understanding using ways to visualize work.

Definition of Done or Ready — are policies, makes constraints.

No constraints are chaos. People may have own set of policies, but no shared understanding. Want some constraints, but loose constraints.

Employee satisfaction if low you will not achieve potential because of high turn over.

Consciously explore the potential of a system. Amplify things we want to do more of. (retrospective).

Kanban as looking as limiting work in progress extended to the level of continuous improvement.


@mpoppendieck Notes from #agiledaynyc2013

September 19, 2013

Energized Workers: gap how to energize workers?
Reviewed Carol Dweck’s book on fixed vs flexible mindset

In martial arts, not competing, is about trying to get to next level

Who will be energized? Those who think working hard will get us to next level.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi FLOW book

– deeply engaged
– distractions disappear
– time evaporates

Question (mine): might this be meditative absorption and risk of losing awareness?

Thinking fast and slow. Deliberate. When you are expert might respond automatically.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow

We use our system 2 mind to check up on System 1 mind.

[Makes me think of 70s study on Samaritan behavior when in a rush].

Practice in system 2 mind so you can behave in system 1 mind when an emergency cones along.

Moore’s Law: intel co-founder and number of transistors doubling every two years

Talking about Heroes using Agile tricks at Intel. And running out of tricks!

Four Steps to Great Product Teams
Lessons from the Chilean Mine Rescue in Harvard Business Review

– appropriate constraints
– capable, competent team
– rapid learning, many quick experiments, multiple options in parallel

September 19, 2013

4 levels to connect: talk, power, intent, energy

Emotional queues for our too transactional conversations.

Brother observed we tweet at each other+people say hi to ea other in elevator

Practice new language, practice having and owning a point of view.

Widen lens; narrow lens. Contemplate the opposite. Switch from problem to solution.

Position, relationship, expertise, body, charisma

Body Power: how comfortable do I feel in my own skin? Physical does count.

Focus is on position power. About knowing social position.

Intent: thinking how you want you want to affect your audience. Create the affect you desire. Pick a simple verb.

Choose the social role you play.

Examine your internal blueprint of what it means to be a professional. If you don’t consciously figure out, we will do subconsciously anyway.

Energy: connecting with big energy, example of chakras and NLP and using this to connect to others.

Live Notes and A-ha’s from #agiledaynyc

September 19, 2013

“Stop Communicating; Start Connecting” is today’s theme.

Achim Nowak Keynote: the importance of energy connections and fact of connection to physical body. Avignon ports open in the firewall.
Mary Poppendieck: develop your awareness mind so autonomic mind takes over with expertise when has to move fast. By the same token, if one wants to behave in kindness must PRACTICE.
Karl Scotland: No constraints are chaos. People may have own set of policies, but no shared understanding. Want some constraints, but loose constraints.