Monthly Archives: September 2008

Agile Accelerators

Having seen scads of projects that are agile over the years, quite frankly I’m sick of talking about agile. Who’s more agile than whom? Is there such a thing as agile maturity? If so, does it mean something useful? Can I be agile if I like using Microsoft Project?

How about this — here are the seven factors I have found that make agile teams run faster. They may or may not make you more agile, but they’ll definitely let you get your work done faster. So when you’re done early, you can talk to the other teams about who is more agile than whom.

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The Dead Speak

If you’re reading this, most likely I am dead. In fact, if all of my plans come together exactly as I want them to, by the time you read this in all likelihood I’ll be a minute speck on the ocean of human events.

Let me assure you that this is not a sophisticated suicide note.

Perhaps I should phrase this differently.

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This just in: Chicks Dig Hot Cars

Maserati

From the “News you can use” department, a recent study found that chicks dig hot cars.

David Moxon subjected 40 men and women to the sounds of a Maserati, Lamborghini and Ferrari, then measured the amount of testosterone in their saliva. He found everyone had higher levels of the stuff — a measure of their arousal — after hearing the revving exotics, but the amount the women had was off the charts.

Pretty girl

This is great news.

Only about 20 years too late.

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Favorite Songs for Shoveling Horse Manure

Politicians do it. TV talking heads do it. Kids do it. If you’re over 25 and ever had to do a presentation about something that was out of your league, you’ve done it too.

I won’t get into the tiny moral details — perhaps a stupid corporate policy makes you give a speech supporting something as idiotic as liquid jellybeans. Or perhaps it’s a technical sales pitch, and your job is to note obstacles and remove them as much as possible until the technical pre-sales support gets there. You don’t have to be an outright liar. Many times we just have to, well, tap dance. We don’t even have to assume you’re fooling anybody. Sometimes you just have to dance and everybody else gets to snicker and enjoy it.

I used to have a friend that would introduce me, “And now to tell you more than he actually knows…”

I always hear music when I am getting ready for and/or delivering one of these performances. Some music just seems to go well with shoveling horse manure.

What with one party’s candidate making his big speech last week and another coming up this week, we’re in for a lot of horse hockey. How about a few tunes to go along with the mood?

This is absolutely the classic

Here’s some more you might not have thought about.

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