Monthly Archives: March 2011

SCRUM and the Brain — Why Agile Development Works

I just finished reading a great book about how our cranial physiology impacts our behavior and ability to think and interact effectively. The book is called “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock. I enjoyed reading it and found a … Continue reading

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Software Design — Art? Random observations

Had a number of comments back to my earlier post asking whether software design was art or science. From the sampling, which was highly self selecting & amongst a number of old friends/acquaintances, there was an overwhelming sentiment that software design … Continue reading

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Software Design — Art or Science?

I started reading a new book (at least to me) that looks promising “The Design of Design” by Frederick Brooks, the guy who came up with “The mythical man month.”  On first glance, I’m very pleased to see that this … Continue reading

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Metrics, Lies, and Other Crazy Statistics (feeling the Rapture?)

OK. After now having spent some more time thinking about statistics, I’ve seen the light. Really. The light. This proves that, with enough energy, you can prove darned near anything, including the end of the world as we know it. I … Continue reading

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People as Pack Animals

Here I go again. Thanks to my dad, I’ve now found even more of the abundant material supporting the premise that people are emotional beings who require social context for their behavior. In a recent op-ed piece in the New … Continue reading

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Swarm Intelligence — any parallels to team dynamics?

Ran across some interesting stuff on something called “swarm intelligence” This caused me to wonder if the concepts that they’ve identified might also apply to things that hit closer to home (at least for me). Some of the theory behind … Continue reading

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Emotions Rule — Regardless of Facts

Ran into an interesting post by Seth Godin that got me thinking (yeah, that can be dangerous). Regardless of the amount of data, many, if not most decisions people make have more to do with how they feel about things … Continue reading

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Innovation — Mad Science or Revolution (or just plain old hard work?)

Where do the greatest inventions come from? Out of the blue? As a means to the end? Borrowing from other related (and sometimes unrelated) technologies Creative genius making the mundane seem innovative (lipstick on a pig?) Absent innovations, much of … Continue reading

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Somewhere over the rainbow — distributed teams

If you’re working in this century, and managing people, odds are pretty good that they’re not sitting in the same building as you. The odds are even better that many of them are not even on the same continent, with … Continue reading

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Tribal Knowledge – People as Pack Animals

People do what people do. Mostly, with those around them. I recall once getting coerced into running in a charity 5k race (being a good dad, I thought that was the thing to do with my then 14-year-old son). I trained … Continue reading

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