Category Archives: PeopleDynamics

The feedback effect of what doesn’t happen …

In his alpine climbing course David Spring pointed out that we learn not just from what happens when we initiate an action, but also from what does not happen.   This is an important and often life-saving lesson  for glacier climbing.   … Continue reading

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Scrum – Is the Hawthorne effect at play?

Tom Howlett asked the question  How much of the benefits  of Scrum do you apportion to the placebo effect?.   I’ve been thinking about this for a while.  People do behave differently inScrum.   Although, I describe it as the Hawthorne effect.     Because of the empirical adjustment … Continue reading

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When elephants trip over ant-hills

Yesterday, I had a not so thrilling experience.   I had phoned into a conference call to attend a Scrum i- teration planning meeting.  I watched in surprise as a really savvy ScrumMaster took a few mis-steps which resulted in us all going down a rabbit hole.   3 … Continue reading

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Is continuously tinkering with code a bad thing?

Over time, I have run into several developers who obsessively tinker with code.  The project can be declared over.   The task can be declared done by the proper QA verification.  Regardless, these folks continue polishing the code.   For the most part … Continue reading

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Over compensating for the Scrum Master

Thanks to the new VP Engineering at work, we are using Scrum as the development methodology for new product development. This is sending shock waves through the corridors. I see that we are conditioned to follow the waterfall methodology. Most … Continue reading

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The consensus illusion?

At work these days, I am volunteering to synthesize a conceptual unification of the viewpoints from co-architects.    I think doing this is valuable.  I believe that there are valuable nuggets & hidden cases in everybody’s viewpoint.  However, somedays I wake … Continue reading

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