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Experiment to prevent rigor corpus - part 2 of 3
Oct 05, 2022 - These five steps get you ready to start the experiment cycle. This is only done once with a team, although anything decided here can be adjusted as needed.   More (6 min read)...
Experiment to prevent rigor corpus - part 1 of 3
Oct 01, 2022 - When we talk about Rigor Corpus, the slow painful process of growing companies becoming inflexible, the focus needs to be not on making one or two changes but instead on creating a culture where people can make a change… as needed. To help you down this road I give you this idea from Ester Derby, one of the best agile coaches I’ve found.   More (5 min read)...
Fear is the change killer
Sep 30, 2022 - I am not the first to wonder about maintaining a start-up mentality into later growth cycles. A company rarely can. They may grow to be wealthy but at some point become disrupted by smaller, but agile, companies. I postulate fear is one of the core issues.   More (6 min read)...
Five things to know about Seth Godin's AltMBA course
Sep 29, 2022 - A few years ago I took Seth Godin’s AltMBA program. If you are considering the AltMBA please read. The course is awesome but not for everyone.   More (4 min read)...
First retrospective on writing
Sep 28, 2022 - Today is the two-week anniversary of my writing and posting every day. I’ve been reflecting on it. Today is a low value post for you, but reflection and process improvement area critical for me.   More (4 min read)...
Continuous improvement to maintain alignment
Sep 27, 2022 - Let’s assume your continuous improvement program helps your team reach 100% effectiveness. How long does that last? Not long. The world around you is a moving target. Here is how to address it.   More (3 min read)...
Start with small processes and grow them
Sep 26, 2022 - Too often we try to solve things in one big swoop. The seldom results in a really good process and more often wastes a lot of time. Here are some ways to do it better.   More (4 min read)...
Need a witch? Find a library.
Sep 25, 2022 - Magic has left this world long ago. The days of seeking witches and warlocks to change the very nature of reality has passed. Or has it?   More (4 min read)...
Hindsight is better than 20-20
Sep 24, 2022 - Hindsight is more than 20/20. Hindsight is infallible. Perfect. When you know the outcome, it is easy to see what the proper course of action would have been. Why do we take it badly when we make a good decision that turns out bad? Why do we think we made the wrong call?   More (2 min read)...
Applying an antifragile mindset to prevent company rigidity
Sep 23, 2022 - A look at Nassim Taleb’s concept of Antifragility as a remedy or preventive measure against Rigor Corpus (corporate inflexibility). An example of one of my own mistakes.   More (5 min read)...
Implementing Continuous Improvement
Sep 22, 2022 - Today I am going to give a quick overview of how to implement a simple continuous improvement protocol. It is one of the best things you can do in your organization. Especially if things are going well.   More (3 min read)...
Cutting the ham at both ends
Sep 21, 2022 - There is a cautionary tale that has stuck with me over the years. I’ve used it often enough that I should have a picture on my wall. It tells us to question our beliefs.   More (4 min read)...
Work on your writing
Sep 20, 2022 - Even the best software developers ignore writing skills. Improving how to communicate what is in their heads with others through the written word. Writing is one of the best ways to help you move into or farther up management. Yes, perfecting your craft of writing code is important, but not in a way that gets you promoted into management. I find that good developers have a knack for good writing. If you find yourself cleaning up your code, optimizing it, not repeating yourself… writing is going to be easy for you.   More (3 min read)...
Rigor Corpus - part one: Introduction
Sep 19, 2022 - Rigor Corpus is my term to reflect what happens to companies as they grow. Like a body, the grow inflexible and all progress slows. Like Rigor Mortis… get it?   More (4 min read)...
The Simulation Hypothesis and You
Sep 18, 2022 - For a few moments let’s assume the Simulation Hypothesis is true. The idea that we’re all actually living inside a much larger simulation. For a fun diversion, as a programmer and avid gamer I have a few questions.   More (5 min read)...
Vacation Rocks
Sep 17, 2022 - There is a short road on the Rhode Island coast that ends right where the waves crash up onto the rocks. These are not breakers, but massive stones that have lasted for eons. It is also home to many fantastic tidal pools.   More (2 min read)...
I dream about Mel Brooks
Sep 15, 2022 - I don’t often remember my dreams. When I do they feel like something in my subconscious stirring around. Having a vivid dream is notable, having one about Mel Brooks is something else. It was not very long, at least the parts remembered, since what we remember quickly fades away when we wake up.   More (3 min read)...
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