This question was raised last night on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) community forum. It’s a common refrain: How do we encourage people to break existing patterns and learn new things (especially when they’ve been successful for so long.) Here’s what I said: Senior engineers (and most people) need to recognize the value in adopting a…

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The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) delivered a 1-hour webinar this week that was focused on explaining the relevance of their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and how to apply it. The webinar title alone was enough to get me there: Leveraging the ACM Code of Ethics Against Ethical Snake Oil and Dodgy Development. The…

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John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Duleesha Kulasooriya have collaborated (in various parings) on three important bite-sized books: Institutional Innovation (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) Shift Happens (Hagel, Seely Brown) Scaling Edges (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) These bite-sized gems were produced by IDEA BITE PRESS working with Deloitte’s Center for The Edge. In this post, I’m…

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Robert Greenleaf, the originator of the practice (and expression) servant-leadership, developed a simple test to determine how effectively we’re practicing servant-leadership in our daily lives. He called this the Best Test. Regardless of our roles at work and in daily life, we’re each leading and often leading multiple constituencies. How effectively we’re leading is always determined…

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John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Duleesha Kulasooriya have collaborated (in various parings) on three important bite-sized books: Institutional Innovation (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) Shift Happens (Hagel, Seely Brown) Scaling Edges (Hagel, Seely Brown, Kulasooriya) These bite-sized gems were produced by IDEA BITE PRESS working with Deloitte’s Center for The Edge. In this post, I’m…

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Hypothesis For the past 3+ years, I’ve been delivering pro bono Agile workshops for active and former servicemembers. My theory was that if you’ve succeeded in the military with Transparency, Collaboration, Communication, Teamwork, Goal Setting, Discipline, etc. you are an ideal candidate for an Agile Team where we emphasize transparency, collaboration, communication, teamwork, goal setting,…

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I was inspired by a shared tweet that included the following illustration:                           These principles come from the work of Francesca Gino and her new book, Rebel Talent: Why It Pays To Break The Rules At Work And In Life.  I highly recommend…

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