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Mob Programming with Woody Zuill

Mob Programming with Woody Zuill

The team space contains two tables facing a large (10’ x 5’) projection area. It feels like the split-screen arrangement I’ve seen many developers using, only much, much larger. It’s easy for all six of us to sit on the long side of the tables opposite the projection...
Dispatch from the Feb 2019 Lean Startup Circle

Dispatch from the Feb 2019 Lean Startup Circle

I led a session on Universal Value Proposition this time, since I’m developing a class around that and wanted the opportunity to practice on people. Having learned from last month, I’d done absolutely no special session preparation whatsoever. This proved to be a good thing since (a) word had spread, (b) there were twice as many attendees and (c) there were likewise twice as many interesting sessions…

The Lean Startup Circle Rides Again!

The Lean Startup Circle Rides Again!

The community had lain fallow for a couple of years, after Eric Ries came to town and distracted everybody. It was also around the time that I got hurt and basically had to drop out of life for a while. So when I wrote to the organizers late last year about restarting the unconferences, and got a reply back that Javid had already secured an ongoing space sponsor and everything, it seemed kismet. I jumped in with both feet.

Agile as a Contemplative Discipline

Agile as a Contemplative Discipline

I’ve been an Agile practioner for 13 years. Like many Agilists, I began using the tools and techniques from my work as a Scrum Master at home as well as at work. There are already quite a few well written stories of such an experience (such as Martin Lapointe’s Agile...
The Basics: Iteration

The Basics: Iteration

Iteration is the act of a repeated process, or the result of that process. In Scrum, the time dedicated to an iteration is called a Sprint, and I’ll cover that in another article. Today, I’m going to describe a Lean version of iteration, which focuses more on the...
Your Operating System

Your Operating System

Think about the last time you had to learn something entirely new, which is now part of your daily routine. Maybe it was navigating the commute between home and work. Or coding, or maybe even learning to type. Remember how long it took and how many mistakes you made?...
Agile for Life (video)

Agile for Life (video)

This is a talk I gave at a Quantified Self meetup describing how I used Agile to transform two areas in my life: personal productivity and a crisis about money in my marriage.  
The Me/not-Me Barometer (Part 2)

The Me/not-Me Barometer (Part 2)

At its heart, Agile is a very simple inspect-and-adapt process. The problem is that simple measures often aren’t comfortable or easy.

In my last post, I talked about that moment when a person, team, or even company is confronted with collected data (the inspect phase) that is challenging to their self image and – instead of adapting – decides to ignore the information, therefore sabotaging their progress.

To understand why and how that can happen, we need to first take into consideration two factors governing our behavior…

It’s Really Hard to Look at Yourself (Part 1)

It’s Really Hard to Look at Yourself (Part 1)

Today I replayed the video of a learning group that I was running. It was painful. I saw so many flaws in how I had led the meeting. I saw people confused by the opening statements. I saw where I hadn’t cued the timekeeper to keep another guest’s check-in from running...

Using Agile to Teach Agile

  By Cindy Solomon, from her blog on Startup Product The first Startup Product Academy stand-alone, full day course was Intro to Agile on December 16, 2013 in Oakland, CA. Startup Product Academy is a product of the Startup Product movement for product excellence...