“Just tell us what to do!”- Manager Many years ago I stood across from the role I am today. A wonderful Agile Coach named Mark. I was the sponsor for introducing Agile ways of working into our organization. Agile ways were new to me and I had a lot of questions. I had retained Mark … Continue reading The Coach’s Dilemma
“The right people don't need to be managed. The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you've made a hiring mistake.”- Jim Collins, From Good To Great A recent news story described how many companies want employees back in the office as they slowly get vaccinated against COVID-19. The reason cited by an … Continue reading What Would You Do If You Were Ordered Back To The Office?
“We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”(The Borg from Star Trek) The Dollarama button batteries didn’t fit. I didn’t even try. One look and I could tell. The diameter and voltage matched but wrong thickness. I was hoping for a cheap replacement battery for my dual powered calculator but alas, I’ll … Continue reading Let’s Fit a Round Peg Into a Square Hole
As I contemplated this question, I was transported back in time to a high school Algebra class and a different question. My Algebra teacher was projecting a graph of the exponential function y = ex. At a time well before the advent of personal computers and laptops, he hand-drew the graph on an 8.5” x … Continue reading What’s Your Lingua Franca?
“There is no truth. There is only perception.” Gustave Flaubert. There’s a Netflix series called “The Fosters”. A family drama about a lesbian couple raising one biological and four adopted children. One morning, I was reflecting on a recent emotionally charged experience during which I lost my cool. It reminded me of a scene from … Continue reading The Day I Lost My Sh*t
One of my favourite pieces of art in my house is a photograph of a lighthouse being pummeled by a raging storm off the coast of Brittany. Like a fist of defiance jutting straight out of the water, it endures the pelting waves, spray and froth effortlessly, stoically. And more than that, it is a … Continue reading What Has The Agile Manifesto Uncovered For Me?
"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". Oscar Wilde. During this pandemic, my “Screen Time” stats, like most other people, have spiked up significantly. With almost no in-person meetings, our screens have become our sole means of interaction with others - family, friends and co-workers. What a dystopian existence. As a kid, one … Continue reading Life is like an Etch A Sketch
My step-mother passed away on New Year’s Day. She had been in the hospital for almost a month. At the worst possible time during rising COVID infection numbers in the community and social lockdowns in effect. Initially admitted into ICU suffering from pneumonia, she recovered to a point where she was moved out of ICU … Continue reading When Is a J Not a J?
I could use words like... Pandemic Unprecedented Unpredictable Social distanced Face masked Self isolated Disconnected Virtual Zoombombed Record breaking Heartbreaking Dumpster fire Devastation Locked down I would rather end the year on a more optimistic note. And so, the 2 phrases that had my back all year long were: “Let’s just see what happens?”“Why not?” … Continue reading How Would I Sum Up My 2020?
“Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda, Star Wars. You know that feeling just before you do something for the very first time? Or just before you do something scary or something you’ve put off for far too long? I dread that feeling. Usually accompanied by a physical sensation of butterflies and … Continue reading Facing My Dread of Doing Something