Forbidden Island Team Dynamics

While at The Path to Agility 2019, I had the pleasure of attending Team Dynamics on the Forbidden Island, hosted by Paul Boos . This session used a co-operative table-top game, Forbidden Island to explore team dynamics and illustrate Tuckman’s stages of group development - “storming, forming, norming, performing”

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Involvement With Resilience

Finding brews to keep everyone happy is no small feat. Care and feeding of the twin kegerators at the Dallas Improving office has been my side job for about six years. Yes, I’ve done extensive market research. I’ve met many people who are passionate about their products, community, and profession. The depth of involvement and connection within the brewing community is amazing.

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Brewing For A Cause

To make a really long and detailed story short: I brewed the home version of this delicious beer to help out with the fund raising. It will be on tap at the Improving Dallas office starting on January 10th. Here’s the link to a GoFundMe which feeds directly into the fund created by Sierra Nevada.

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The Act of Transforming

What does transformation mean for an organization of people? Organizations treat an agile transformation as a singular event. It is a budgetary line item, a noun, a one-time metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. Expert agilists who have “been there, done that” are sought to guide the transformation. While one gains credibility by having “been there, done that,” what impact does that have on our vision? How does this distort our ability to be empathetic? To meet the organization where they are?

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Lose the lies

An interview that Patty McCord did to publicize her new book bubbled up in a social media stream. A few friends commented about the powerful truths she was telling, so I followed the link.

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Was It Worth It?

A few of us from the office headed out to an acclaimed BBQ joint during the holiday lull between Christmas and New Years. I expected the last workday of the year to be slow with a bunch of the workforce out on vacation. Boy was I wrong.

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Demotivation

Here’s a flashback from the late winter of 2015 in a winning environment: Starting a team meeting with a mass scolding isn’t that great of an idea. But it seems to have become the modus operandi of Fearless Leader at Mega-Corp.

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Agile and Brewing

During an interview for Agile for Humans, Ryan asked me about parallels between agile and brewing. At the time I mostly blew it off. My thinking then was that the feedback loop was too long and the inspection bit was a tad too fuzzy. Ultimately there is a link with the inspection and adaptation.

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A Journey Begins

What happens when an agile CTI coach gets bored and knows someone that they believe has something to contribute to the agile software community? You basically get invited to co-present a conference talk, a helping hand to find your voice, plus an opportunity to start sharing your experience and point of view with others.

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Welcome Back

It’s been awhile. I was gently shamed into this resurrection by a friendly text message - “YOU HAD A BLOG”. Certainly not the most impressive place for conference attendees to see what I’ve been up to and what I’m about.

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Brewing Great Agile Team Dynamics

Ever find yourself making a sour face after talking to a coworker?

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TIL => ReportViewer Control, Less is More

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “Their IT staff is going to take care of that development …” And so it was recently on a project I am developing.

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e*trade has buggy client-side javascript

Once a month I get a little reminder that I need to go pay my e*Trade credit card bill. Every month for as long as I can remember I’ve tried to use their user interface to pay off my current balance and been told by an error dialog that my selection is not valid.

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console.log anywhere

My current assingment for Improving has me writing much more client-side javascript. I’m not a javascript ninja, so I lean on the console window to confirm that the script is doing what I expected it to do. This approach works great until I view a page in IE, which has no clue what “console” means and acosts me with script error popups.

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Doesn't Play Well...

I’ve been working on some “prototypes” for a new Improving client. One of our UX people told us to use Twitter Bootstrap and don’t look back.

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