Monthly Archives: March 2009

What am I? A Salad?

James Bond pointing a pistol at a beautiful girl in his bed

Stand back! I have a banana in my pocket and I’m happy to see you

I hate advertising. I mean I really hate advertising. I’ll go out of my way to avoid ads on TV shows, movies, and the web. If I want something, I’ll do the research and go out and buy it. I’m already buying way too much junk I don’t need, and I have a weakness for ads. So I don’t “do” ads.

Which means that when I pick up a new brand there had to be some kind of sneaky marketing at work.

It started, innocently enough, with my 12-year-old son. We were watching a uniquely manly movie — one of the early James Bond flicks with Sean Connery — when we got to a bedroom scene.

I hate watching bedroom scenes with my kids around this age, because you never know what kinds of conversations might be coming. Not that I discourage good parental conversations about sex and such. Talking about your sexuality and romance and such with a trusted parent is essential for a healthy adolescent life.

After all, that’s why you have a mom.

So we’re watching these beautiful women come on to James Bond and them “hooking up” as kids call it, when my son looked at me and said something I’ll never forget.

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The Agile Jazz Band

Agile is like a jazz band. And that’s a critical thing to know if you’re moving from a specialized waterfall-type environment to an agile one.

In those older environments, everybody did their job sequentially in small meetings. This would be like having a musical instrument and playing it for a small group of people. After you were done, another person would come in with their instrument. You might go or you might stay. If you stayed, you certainly didn’t play your instrument! You simply watched as the other person played theirs. It might take a year or two for everybody to take their turn at playing their instrument (doing their discipline) before the performance was over.

Waterfall is like that. Everybody has a role, and we work on them one at a time. It is sequential and it’s gated. Each meeting is for doing one thing and one thing only.

When you move to agile, its a whole new world, and quite frankly, most places aren’t so good at helping you switch. I think it’s because we don’t understand the change. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that many times coaches don’t help teams adapt much at all.

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Invention Worms

Ever get a song stuck in your head that you just can’t get out?

I do that all of the time — perhaps because I played the piano so much as a kid, but perhaps it’s just some kind of defect. Seems like I read somewhere that having the same song repeat over and over again in your head was a form of seizure.

Let’s hope not.

There is a phrase for it, however, as it is such a common occurrence: it’s called an “earworm“.

Can you get the same thing when it comes to inventions?

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