Let’s Fit a Round Peg Into a Square Hole

“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

What’s Your Lingua Franca?

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?

What Has The Agile Manifesto Uncovered For Me?

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?

A Good Time to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

There’s an old English proverb that I had always taken for granted. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” In my experience, this had always been a universal truth because people I've met the world over aren’t much different from each other when it comes to resisting change. The older I got, the more … Continue reading A Good Time to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

How I Cleared My Writer’s Block

As I started to think about this post, I developed “Writer’s block”. In the hopes of clearing myself of this condition, I decided to start with a better understanding of what the term means. Here’s what I found: "The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing” … Continue reading How I Cleared My Writer’s Block

What’s Holding Managers Back from More Agile?

"Yeah don't hold backTrust your gut reactionBe bold, be bold babyIf you don't take chancesYou won't make advances"– The Rolling Stones, Hold Back. As economies around the world slowly emerge from the devastating effects of the pandemic, most, if not all businesses are reflecting on their pre-COVID business models and business goals to forge a … Continue reading What’s Holding Managers Back from More Agile?

4 Plus 12 Reasons Why Agile Now More Than Ever

“Agile, what value art thou now that we are remote and apart?” I, like many Agile practitioners, have been and continue to be impacted by this endemic pandemic. Degrees of impact ranging from digitizing interactions, events and Post-it notes to a dearth of jobs. It’s been all fun and games as I have enjoyed the … Continue reading 4 Plus 12 Reasons Why Agile Now More Than Ever

Work From Home: Privilege to Policy?

Agile team members working apart or remotely from the rest of the team have long been a thorn in the side of Agile purists. Those who staunchly stood by the Agile Manifesto principle touting the efficiency and effectiveness of in-person face to face conversation, would often rail against the few team members who personally preferred … Continue reading Work From Home: Privilege to Policy?

The Death of Psychological Safety?

How will physical safety impact and affect the psychological safety equity built up over time within our teams? Will psychological safety become a casualty of physical safety? I had a chance to ask these questions and more at a recent virtual Toronto Open Space. I proposed a session titled “The Death of Psychological Safety” [...]

What Will Flow Look Like Post Pandemic?

“I thought I was playing unconscious, but Borg beat me 6-4, 7-6 tonight, and he is in what we call the zone. (That comes originally from “twilight zone” and translates, more or less, into “another world.”) The kid has no concept of what he is doing out there—he is just swinging away and the balls … Continue reading What Will Flow Look Like Post Pandemic?