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Agile

THE (MIXED) BLESSING OF NEXTGEN REWRITES 

About 10 years ago, I experienced the mixed blessing of being part of yet another nextgen rewrite project. I was guiding a team of about 25 really smart team members, part of a much larger team of about 150+ people. Our team was responsible for completely rewriting the […]

IMAGINE

Imagine you have just been asked to build an Agility Enablement Organization for your company. Sounds like fun, but there are some constraints you need to work within or around…

There are 100+ teams with varying levels of interest in Agile
You only have a small team of enablers
You would like to deliver incremental, measurable […]

It is my favorite time of the year – Fall, the season of thanks, reflection and resolutions.

As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, I look back with thanks and appreciation at all this year has given to us. Among other things, I am thankful for you being […]

 

As I look back at the different software delivery organizations I travelled with on the path of business agility, I started noticing some patterns in the risks that often slow down or derailed our journeys. Nine key risks stood out in my mind, but I […]

So how would you pack for a week long trip to Maui in May? Especially if you are not flying South West and don’t want to dip into your (rapidly diminishing) retirement savings? The answer is lightly.

That’s what my wife and I tried to remember, as we packed for our Memorial Day vacation earlier this year…

One of us packed the obligatory backpack full of hard cover books that would never be read and the other took an electronic reading device. The other packed a light-weight, technological advanced reading device

(My wife is behind the curve and refused to make use of the latest technological advances. She is still on the Kindle and WILL NOT upgrade to the iPad. I read books the way God meant us to read them – on paper!)

As usual, for some strange reason, I insisted on…

I realized four things about myself after reading Carols Pearson’s book – Awakening the Heroes Within –

I am passionate about supporting and inspiring my team
I love to seek out new approaches to solve problems
I get energized by sharing what I learn to help others
I am most fulfilled when I can see a vision realized
This mapped to four Archetypes-
Caregiver – Makes a difference to others
Seeker – Searches for a unique identity, path, or solution
Sage – Shares wisdom with the world
Magician – Uses intuition and insight to catalyze change


SmoothApps Online Workshop: Leveraging Personality Type with the MBTI

When:

Session 1: January 14th 2010, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM US Central Time

Session 2: January 21st 2010, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM US Central Time

Where: Online

Cost: $349 ( payable by check or […]

Warning: This blog contains material that may be offensive to those with delicate sensibilities or a deep appreciation for Jack Bauer. Reader discretion is advised.

Let me clarify right at the outset that I am no fan of Jack Bauer. I have probably watched the series 24 for a total of 24 minutes, if not less. I get motion sickness from the way the camera and the story lurches from one crisis to another. It reminds me of my life. Which I try to escape by watching TV.

So, it is perfectly reasonable for you to ask what I was doing, Getting Naked with Jack Bauer. While eating. In public. And you may not be surprised or sympathetic to learn that he almost made me choke on my food and cough it up on the ladies at the next table.

So what does all this mean?

* Is there a reason behind the differences in the way we respond to situations or do we do it just to * irritate each other?
* Is there a way for us to understand our preferred responses and adjust them if our natural first response hurts us?
* How can we understand, appreciate and capitalize on our differences instead of allowing them to obstruct our progress?

Quite like the hand we prefer to use for writing, we are all born with certain innate preferences for interacting with the world, processing information, making decisions and implementing our ideas. These preferences influence the situations in which we feel natural, relaxed and confident, and those in which we feel uncomfortable, awkward and strained.

Did that story seem familiar? Is there an Estelle or Indy in your office?

Who do you think was right?

What do you think the Boss should have done next? And how would you have handled this situation?

Can you identify with either one of them? Or, maybe a little bit with both of them?

Have you reflected on the different personality types at your work place and how they affect your ability to get things done? Take a blank piece of paper and jot down answers to these questions…