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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Minimum Viable…..Presidency??

As an agile professional, I look for ways to extend an agile mindset beyond the world of software development on a daily basis. Whether it’s a personal Kanban board, limiting my home project WIP and trying to accomplish small batch increments, to establishing a weekend velocity for expectation setting on what’s feasible to truly accomplish in the 48 hours I’m home.  I’m not always successful applying my agile lens. I buy way too much for tailgating, and

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The case for coaching

Roger Federer is one hell of a tennis player.  As of this post, he has 17 Grand Slam titles – the most of any man in history – and is regarded by some as the best tennis player in the world.  For those unfamiliar with the world of tennis, Roger has a signature move called “Sneak Attack By Roger” or SABR in which he charges his opponent while receiving the serve and hits a return on the run.

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Scaled Retrospectives: What are they? And will they get me promoted?

The Global Scrum Gathering recently completed in April, and I was fortunate enough to present a 90-minute workshop on Scaled Retrospectives. I opened my talk with the way google amuses me with its ability to finish phrases or give me options other people have searched for – and for the most part, there are no original ideas.  If you have thought of something, its likely someone else has already thought about it as well, and

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Nureva: The Future is Here, and its magnificent

If you haven’t yet heard about Nureva, prepare yourself to be amazed. It is quite literally, one of the coolest awe-inspiring innovations I have seen in a long time. Imagine projecting an image on a wall, that responds to your touch, allows for quick virtual whiteboards that you can draw pictures with, AND a keyboard for text entry for those that tend to scribble hieroglyphics instead of legible letters.  Powerpoint slides?  No problem.  Creation of

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Dr. Sutherland: historian, story teller, and mentor

Its a privilege to have such an exciting event for a first post to this site. Tonight, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Sutherland at a meetup in NYC.  It was a last minute commitment, that also required travel by car, ferry, and a brisk walk on a blustery Manhattan night. I did not know what to expect.  Would there be an enormous turnout?  Would I have a chance to ask questions?  Would he

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