Systems Thinking and Pareto for COVID-19

This will maybe, hopefully, sort of be short. These thoughts are too long for a post, but fit this format ok. I've noticed a couple things about the response to the virus: Most folks are focused on a single component or segment of the virus' impact and,Most people are focused only on solutions that are … Continue reading Systems Thinking and Pareto for COVID-19

It’s Time for a Fundamental Restructuring of… Education (Part 1)

I know it isn't the main topic in the blogosphere right now and that it isn't getting hours of airplay on the 24/7 news channels. Heck, I don't even think it is the topic around the [now virtual] watercolor at all. But it should be. As our education system takes it agrarian-era imposed break and … Continue reading It’s Time for a Fundamental Restructuring of… Education (Part 1)

Agile Trends 2020: Part 3 – Communities (COVID-19 Redux)

must say that I started this "final post in the series" about three weeks ago, just before I flew up to Minneapolis to do training. At the time I started this blog post it was more about how we grow and strengthen the communities, whether the national and international agile communities or our local agile communities; how we focus on creating "matrix's" of agile professional and organizational incubation and areas where professionals can share and grow. However, all of that went out the window...

Agile Trends 2020: Part 2 – Organizations

Picking up from last week where we talked about Agile Trends for individuals, this week we are going to talk about organizations. I wanted to give you a brief synopsis of this population group. Organizations are companies, groups, governmental agencies, or even internal business units that make decisions about 1) what we call our products, 2) what we work on, and 3) hiring and terming of team members. Organizations themselves are going through a change with decisions around centralization/ decentralization of decisions, taking on large initiatives, and as we talk about below, how we work on the “things” that bring value and ultimately profit.

Agile Trends 2020: Introduction and Part 1 – Individuals

Every year, we see all kinds of peoples and organizations from boundless industries and verticals post the top innovations in their specific area of expertise. While I value these writings, they always seemed to be focused around pushing a specific product line or driving people toward their services. This next set of 3 blogs attempt to be different. Many of the thoughts here are based on what several of my colleagues and myself have experienced in 2019 and what we think might be the trends that 2020 will bring. We’ll also organize this into three population themes (and thus the three blogs) that the agile community should be focused around – Individuals, Organizations, and Communities.