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Scrum / Agile Development: A Renaissance of Culture Through the Eyes of Levi-Strauss
improve my => 'code' On weekends, I tend to go off tangent, and this weekend is no exception. I started to read some of the works of Levi-Strauss, the structural anthropologist, and it occurred to me that many of the positive changes from Agile Development are not merely the result of greater business focus. Agile also develops culture in a field that is generally devoid of culture. This can be a stabilizing factor for companies by - Reducing turnover by empowering team members. - Creating rituals, ......

Posted On Saturday, July 19, 2008 6:47 PM

Thought Experiment: Reforming Meetings
I just read an excellent article posted on XKCD on how to create a better IRC chat. Basically, to keep chats interesting, the server boots out users who enter things already entered before. Wouldn't that be good for corporate meetings? The rule could be amended: If someone says anything said before (even using different words), the person cannot speak again for the duration of the meeting. Imagine how much shorter meetings would be with this rule. No more endless repetitions. No more wasted time. ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 16, 2008 5:31 PM

How can we help
improve my => 'spirit' My good friend, Michael Bittel, writes in his blog that it's All About Africa. I confess that I spend less than 1% of my time thinking about Africa. But I should be spending more time. Here are the best reasons I have to support Michael's statement. 1. The problems of poverty and health issues are most pronounced in Africa. Logically, the place where we can make the greatest difference is the place in which we should be concentrating our energies. 2. Our societies are getting ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 26, 2007 4:44 PM

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