What is pragmatism? Why do I care? How do I practice it?

Pragmatism is possibly one of those words you’ve heard 1000 times and feel confident you know what it means. I did. On the surface, it seems like a straightforward concept. The definition is simple: Pragmatism /’praɡmətɪz(ə)m/ (noun) : an approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. The philosophy lies at the heart of many aspects of agile. Think about it, empiricism is deeply tied to pragmatism. The

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Stopping the Enterprise Death Spiral with Mob Programming

Stopping the Enterprise Death Spiral with Mob Programming In 1963 Dr. De Solla Price developed “Price’s Law.” Price’s law describes unequal distribution of productivity in most domains of creativity. The original target of this study was the scientific community and the contributors to it’s advancement.  Dr. Price discovered that half of all scientific contributions were made by the square root of the total number of scientific contributors: so if there are 100 scientists within a given discipline, just 10

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Challenging bias in your agile practice

Let’s challenge the myth that you are capable of discovering objective truth and think without bias. You cannot be unbiased. Every decision you make and every metric you choose will have some measure of bias. Your brain is a bias making machine. An article by Andy Cleff summarises some of the work out there on bias such as The Cognitive Bias Codex. The Codex breaks down the amazing array of biases into four principal causes:

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Building a culture that matters

It is said that bad culture will beat a good person every time. Conversely one of my favourite proverbs is, “as iron sharpens iron, so is a man the countenance of his friends.” In short you  come to reflect the culture and people around you. Being around people with depth and passion helps you make more consistently positive choices. For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes

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Middle Management in Agile: A Newtonian Object?

  Sir Isaac Newton*   The Agile ecosystem is a growing by leaps and bounds every day; there are countless examples of frameworks, canvases, or models to aid in agile transformation.  And yet even with all this there is a blind spot around “Middle Management.”  There have been countless words & ideas spilled in blogs, conferences, and books around helping teams/leaders/organizations transition to agile.  Even with all this there is little to nothing available  for

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Cerberus the Organizational Change Mascot!

In Greek mythology, Cerberus (/ˈsɜːrbərəs/;[2] Greek: Κέρβερος Kerberos [ˈkerberos]), often called the “hound of Hades”, is a monstrous multi-headed dog, who guards the gates of the underworld, preventing the dead from leaving. – Wikipedia Hercules and Cerberus.  Courtesy Wikipedia Change is hard. Think about a time in your life where you wanted to make a change…”I want to eat better.”  “I want to start working out.”  “I want to dedicate more time to my blog”

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