Back in September 2014, Erik Meijer, a Dutch computer scientist, gave a remarkable keynote speech at Reaktor Dev Day in Helsinki, Finland. It began with a claim that “Agile is a cancer that we have to eliminate from the industry”. You can follow the full video at Vimeo . This speech incited a large number of web discussions about who is right and who is not, who does and who does not understand Agile, but the most of those discussions missed the main point. The challenging opening was an overture to the main idea, and that is ‘One Hacker Way’. It contains – as may well be expected from a keynote speech – provoking, disputable and controversial statements, but also some very intriguing stuff. I would say: listen to the message, try to understand it and do not judge from a holy Agile corner.
It may not be scope creep that is troubling your project, but scope seep. And it may be self-inflicted. “Scope Seep” is what happens when the project team introduces additional scope of work not requested by the customer. Have a look at “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. It is not for children only. Quite the contrary.
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)”, by Laura Joffe Numeroff (Author) and Felicia Bond (Illustrator) ISBN-13: 978-0060245863.
If you are reading this, you may need a social media detox. Just type a “social media detox” in Google and you will find enough to make you think. Here are a few: Are You Addicted to Social Media? Gabrielle Bernstein’s story from addiction to a successful author on life improvement; 10 Strategies for a Summer Social Media Detox by Aubre Andrus, maybe too late fort his summer vacation, but still good for your next break; Social Media Detox, a complete list of interesting articles from Huffingtion Post. And, if you want to learn more about liking and following, just listen to “You Like Me Too Much” .
How often do you fiddle with your smartphone during critical teleconferences? Or attend to e-mail pop-ups on your desktop? Our brain does not multitask – it switches between tasks. UK research shows that multitasking lowers IQ by 10 points. There are reasons why people multitask; you may recognize some of them in your behaviour. If you are multitasking, you should consider changing this. There are several ways to do this, see some of them here.