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Is it faux agile or just uninspired?

I remember the first time it happened to me. I’d been an agile developer for less than a year. We were having our morning stand-up, and something felt off. The room was oddly crowded. The scrum master was having a heated discussion with a developer....
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Take the Time to Explain and to Understand

Take time to explain why you believe something — not just what you believe and why your opponent is wrong. So how did Bastian switch over from home birth advocate to home birth critic? It started with conversations with researchers in Sydney, who were compassionate...
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Experts Really Know Nothing

What’s the worst advice you ever got? Listen to what your boss tells you. My boss never liked the idea of Spider-Man. He didn’t want to do it. I had to sneak Spider-Man into another book, over my boss’s head. Experts really know nothing. Stan Lee...
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The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target

The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target
Whether the demand is for capping the rise in Earth’s temperatures, creating therapies to halt  memory loss in the elderly or expanding farm output to meet the world’s growing population, the answer is the same: Set targets. The urge to target is varied and insistent...
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Management By Meeting With Everyone

Management By Meeting With Everyone
I’m meeting with every employee in the company, one on one.  I’m trying to gain an understanding of what they do, why they came here, what they love, and what we could do better. Once I get that data absorbed and collected, we’ll more clearly...
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A Software Version Of Himself

A Software Version Of Himself
“What RevUp really is,” says Joe Rospars, an Obama campaign veteran who founded Blue State Digital (a partner and investor in RevUp), “is a software version of Steve himself. He’s put his personality and experience into code.”  Steve Spinner Just Fixed The Worst Thing About...
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Chowing Down On Employees’ Brains

Chowing Down On Employees Brains
When BAE learns that an employee with deep institutional knowledge plans to retire, whether in a few months or a couple  years, a knowledge transfer group of about a half-dozen people of varying ages working in the same area is formed.  The teams meet regularly...
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Train or Just Hire The Best?

Train or just hire the best
“In the early days, we had no choice but to hire rejects …. Nobody else would come. But we trained the hell out of them, and they became great.” Employees who’ve graduated from top business schools such as Harvard and MIT are incompetent when it...
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We Need To Understand This In Order To Manage Well

We Need To Understand This In Order To Manage Well
Some IT specialists mistakenly think business leaders cannot govern IT, since they lack technology skills.  Understanding the capability IT brings or planning new, improved business capability enabled by smarter, more effective use of IT does not require specialized knowledge of how to design, build, or...
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Don’t Take Too Long

Don't Take Too Long
It is indeed ironic that Hadoop is picking up support in the general community about five years after Google moved on to better things. Hence, the rest of the world followed Google into Hadoop with a delay of most of a decade.  Google has long...
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The Power Behind The Power Of Positive Thinking

The Power Behind The Power Of Positive Thinking
According to neuroscientist Tali Sharot of University College, London, the group of people who turn out to be more accurate about predicting how long it will take to complete tasks — and how likely they are to succeed — are the clinically depressed.  Optimists underestimate...
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