Problem solving (in two ways)

#1 There’s a classic joke about a mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer. An engineer, a mathematician, and a physicist are staying for the night in a hotel. A small fire breaks out in each room. The mathematician awakes, sees the fire, makes some careful observations, and on a blackboard installed in the room, does some quick […]

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Telling Your Story, the Stephen King Way

We may use the whiteboard, PowerPoint, our words, or blogs instead of the traditional novel but the concept is the same. We have ideas and stories to share and we want people to listen and get some sort of value from them. In reality, we are all aspiring writers. Part memoir, Stephen King’s On Writing, is also a […]

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Rory Story Cubes – Once Upon a Time…

I love the idea of teams creating something that represents their work, feelings, accomplishments, and challenges. It’s a great way to close the laptops, get everyone engaged, have some fun, and end up with cool and deep insights. Recently I came across a number of articles about using Rory Story Cubes in various ways in Sprint retrospectives. […]

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Learning to ride a bike

When my daughter was learning to ride a bike I could only hold on to the back of the seat and tell her to pedal for so long before I had to let go. The first time I let go, she rode into a holly bush at the end of the driveway. I gave her […]

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Your choice of vernacular has great impact

Why do we go through our everyday life calling our little ones “kids” or “children” and not “offspring” or “progeny”? To me, “offspring” or “progeny” are words that dehumanize beings that I love and respect. I certainly want my kids to grow up knowing that I care and love them and that they should bring […]

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