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Sea Star Wars: A lesson in organizational change

Sometimes in order to make a change happen, all you need to do is change the environment. This summer I witnessed a great example of this in a small but fantastic aquarium in Ucluelet, BC. When you see a sea star in the ocean or at the aquarium, you rarely or if ever see them … Continue reading

Making the undesirable desirable – a lesson from Tom Sawyer

Today’s Google home page celebrates the birthday of Mark Twain with images that tell the story of Tom Sawyer convincing his friends to whitewash his fence for him. It is an example of making the undesirable desirable. You can read more about the story on wikipedia and here are some pictures of the story courtesy … Continue reading

Are we agile yet? Applying fuzzy logic to the manifesto

Some background on logic from my brother who is a math professor: In Greek logic (the logic of Plato and Aristotle) there are only two truth values. Any statement is either true, or false, but not both. Truth is absolute. This works nicely except for when we say things like: “This sentence is false” If … Continue reading

Agile Adoption – 6 Influence Strategies

The vital behaviours for successful software projects (agile or not) are simply these: a) improve communication by co-locating, b) get access to the customer and c) have short delivery cycles. (Read part 1 of this post here). This is so simple, and yet agile adoption continues to be a big question mark for many people … Continue reading

Agile Adoption – 3 Vital Behaviours

One of the books on my reading list this year was “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything” (Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, Switzler). As I read it, I was struck by how the ideas in the book can be helpful for guiding an agile adoption. The book is split into two parts. The first section outlines … Continue reading

Agile as a risk mitigation technique

When I first started using and investigating agile principles and practices, I didn’t immediately realize how well these techniques worked in order to reduce project risk. As I talk with others about adopting agile, many fear the ‘risk’ of moving to agile techniques. Here are a few thoughts on how agile practices reduce risk on your … Continue reading

Some thoughts from day 1 of Agile2010

I started the day with Mary Poppendieck’s talk “Leader’s Workshop: Making Change Happen and Making it Stick” which was based on the following book: Switch: How to Change things when change is hard. The talk was split into 3 parts. First you need to Motivate the Elephant, then you need to Direct the Rider, and … Continue reading