Georgia in the United States is not known for "winter." But every three or so years, the Atlanta area is thrown into a tizzy by what Buford Calloway calls, "Connecticut Confetti, Flakes of the Devil's Dandruff, New England Clam Powder" in other words, SNOW. If you don't know what I'm talking about here is the … Continue reading Homegrown Agile: The Winter Storm and Emerging Technical Debt
As a Dad, there are never a loss of times that can be used to grow closer to, educate, enrich, empower, and even correct my kids. The art is knowing which of those – growing closer to, educating, enriching, empowering, correcting – is needed at which time. Sometimes, we use the situation or problem to … Continue reading Homegrown Agile: A Discussion with My Son on Team
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.
I have an 11-year-old daughter. My youngest. My princess in every fathomable way. About a month ago, I was approached by said 11-year-old - let's call her "L" for right now - about a necessary infrastructure project which would require my notable carpentry skills.