Homegrown Agile

My first thoughts about Agile practices were not those of increasing productivity (even though they can), improving product speed to market (which they do), or even breaking down the walls between traditional “business” and “IT” (which happens, all the time).  Rather, I kept seeing a cultural and environmental shift in the ways people interacted – from the client relationships to the leadership relationships.  I saw how, at the core, we empowered people to do what they do even better and deliver things of value in order to improve relationships and the subsequently the wealth of all parties involved.

Homegrown Agile is about taking what my family is teaching me and seeking out where these critical concepts can improve teams, companies, community groups, etc. and then sharing it with you.  Hopefully you laugh more than cringe, but more importantly, hopefully you look around you and see how life can be a good teacher.

Homegrown Agile: E and the Schooling from Home Scenario

It’s day 9 of “schooling from home.” Yes, that is what they are calling it. My oldest is sort of in heaven – M is reading books, doing university work remotely, meeting with counselors from the safety, comfort, and security of her suite. L is recuperating from a spill on her skateboard (she is going through a skater girl phase, which yes I approve of!) and taking care of business. But E. The brilliant, scientific, inventive, witty, thoughtful 16 year-old soon-to-be man is struggling with this responsibility; with being self-managed and self-organized.

Homegrown Agile: Happy Father’s Day

Saying that my relationship with my Dad has been stressed over the past few years would be an understatement. We both have our viewpoints on key items that impact the way we live our lives. That being said, my dad is the single most influential person from my life. He is a man that is deserving of respect and honor and a ton of love, so on this day, this “Agile Dad” is going to share a couple key points/stories about the man who made me who I am today.

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