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leg room

Lack of comfort ruins what could otherwise be amazing experiences. Often our pursuit of comfort focuses on our physical surroundings and design – a comfy chair, more leg room in an airplane, or heated seats in our cars. It is our assumption that by increasing our physical comfort our mental well-being will also increase. We … Continue reading

The slings and arrows

There’s something that has been bothering me for awhile. Well, there’s many things that have been bothering me – but one thing that has been “stuck in my craw” is the way process diagrams are depicted. Below is a sample flowchart I grabbed from the internet. Note: I’m not picking on this or any individual … Continue reading

What work means here

  People frequently ask me “what is Protegra?” and “what do you do there?”, and I sometimes have difficulty telling them. The difficulty is not that I don’t know the answer; the difficulty is phrasing it in a way that the questioner can internalize and find meaning in my response. What follows is my perspective only. … Continue reading

We’re All in This Together – Part II

Keep the final goal in mind In my previous post, I wrote about the strategies that can help players win the cooperative board game Pandemic. The first strategy is keeping the final goal in mind.  In the game, this refers to focusing on curing diseases, while managing ongoing distractions and remembering that even though eradication … Continue reading

We’re All in This Together

What cooperative games can teach us about software projects   Recently, I have been playing a cooperative board game called Pandemic.  Like some other cooperative games, there is no competition between players.  Either all players win the game by reaching an objective, or everyone loses if that goal is not achieved before a given event occurs. … Continue reading

Agile Knowledge Work: the Spirit of Ubuntu

This post represents the point in our journey when we prepare to jump across the divide from conventional management practices to self-organizing teams and alignment. Executives and managers might like the theory, but a common fear is a disconnect between self-organizing staff and the fundamental purpose of a team as it relates to a business … Continue reading

The #1 competency of a great Project Manager #pmot

I was talking on Friday to Steve Rogalsky (@srogalsky) about my thoughts on the #1 competency of great Project Managers. As soon as I said that I corrected myself and said that it is never that simple. There is not just one thing. That was something that makes for a great Blog title and Blog … Continue reading

Are you playing #Project Battleship??? #pmot #baot #agile

I was talking in our co-located room last week on a particularly frustrating day to a co-worker. I enjoy talking to Hanaa as she has an adept analytical mind, great technical skills, and a great sense of humour. A rare find indeed. Anyway, I was talking about my frustration where some discussions and emails exchanges … Continue reading

It’s the system, not (and?) the people.

I live and work with two phrases in my head that are important to me: “It’s the system, not the people” – Deming And, paradoxically: “It’s all about the people” – a statement heard often at Protegra that we try to use to guide how we work together. An event this weekend helped me to … Continue reading

Can an #Agile team mate #telecommute?

When Yahoo released the memo about employees not being able to work from home any more, there was the expected backlash against something which has become more and more common. It was especially unexpected given that Yahoo’s new CEO recently had a child and might be expected as someone who would find value in being … Continue reading