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Butterfly Laboratory

The Butterfly Lab concept was created out of necessity. After developing and exploring the initial idea of Butterfly using principles of customer development we launched the initial website. By this point we had built great partnerships and support as well as had generated excitement and connected with many different stakeholders and youth. We also had a few ideas … Continue reading

My Pride and Joy Project

I came across a blog by Liza Wood on her pride and joy project. You can read her excellent post here. It made me think about what my pride and joy project would be for me. I consider myself very lucky to work on the projects I have worked on. I am constantly amazed by … Continue reading

Everything I needed to know about teams I learned from Dungeons and Dragons #PMOT

It occurred to me that the five key principles of teams that I learned early on were taught to me at an early age by Dungeons and Dragons. Now I’m not talking about any movie or video game knock-off of Dungeons and Dragons,  but the original Dungeons and Dragons in-person game. You know the one … Continue reading

The role of emotions in performance feedback discussions

Lately I have been reading quite a few blogs on the topic of performance feedback and how to try to make feedback a more valuable process. Recently I came across Bob Marshall’s post: How to give Feedback I’ve already had great discussion with @adaptivecoach on the Core Protocols and their potential impact to the communication … Continue reading

#SDEC12 Conference Review #Agile

Well another Software Development and Evolution conference has come and gone. (You’ve always wondered what SDEC stood for didn’t you?) It was a lot of work and effort to make it all happen, but in the end it was very enjoyable. I learned an immense amount and cant’t wait until next year. My Highlights The … Continue reading

On the importance of Dreams and Dreaming

I was at a power skating practice for my son and daughter yesterday and it made me think about dreams. Before I start there are two things to note: 1) Yes, my daughter in playing Hockey instead of Ringette 2) Yes, Hockey season starts in August in Canada. 🙂 When my son had his first … Continue reading

Seven traits I look for in #Agile teammates

There are seven traits that I have seen in the great number of teammates on Agile projects that I now look for when I am asked to recruit or add to Agile project teams. Most of these could also apply to traditional project teams, but I have found their absence seems to affect  Agile teams … Continue reading

Shannon Sharpe and the four characteristics of great #Agile #Teams

After listening to Shannon Sharpe’s emotional speech for induction into the National Football League Hall of Fame, I’d like to share my thoughts about teams on Agile projects.I thought about how much I would have liked to be on Shannon Sharpe’s teams. How much I would have enjoyed being around someone who cared so much … Continue reading

Top 3 Agile Team Books and the number one book on Quality

I often see list of the top Agile books for user stories, estimating, testing, and various aspects of planning, but I rarely see a list of good books on various aspects of Agile team building or what I term Agile Project Management. I have found three recent books that have been very inspiring and educational … Continue reading

Agile Work Schedule, Telecommuting, and Compensation

On the way back from Gimli to celebrate Canada Day, I heard an interesting discussion on the Charles Adler show on telecommuting and whether the current work day really allows for the best contributions from people. This was proposed for both work and school life and the question was asked if we worked from 7:30 … Continue reading