“Agile” is becoming a “slow hype”. Originating in IT, where it has turned everything upside down many years ago, the desire to “be agile” is starting to spread into other industries. Especially where feedback cycles are a lot slower than in IT, leaders would like to benefit from the “toolbox” of agile without recreating the entire company culture.
On the other hand, every serious practitioner of agile is going to tell you “agile is an attitude” or some such. Agilists tell you that agile is a mindset, and that that mindset has created a matching toolset, and that the toolset without the mindset has questionable value.
In a sense, both are right. In another sense, both aren’t.
Continue reading Agile – mindset or toolset?
Out of ten bullets on software architecture, this is the second: the realization that no software architecture is good or bad – at best, it is appropriate (or not). Continue reading No good, no bad: Software Architecture (2/10)
Out of ten bullets on software architecture, this is the first: the realization that there is no silver bullet. Continue reading No Silver Bullet: Software Architecture (1/10)
“Can we return to a constructive discussion, please”? – Often, that is easier said than done. However, there is one question that usually does the trick: Continue reading My favorite question
One of the less well-known software engineering classics, “Winning with Software“, seems to have lost a bit to the current agile mainstream. But even for successful agile adoption, there is a lot to learn from this apparently waterfall-heavy masterpiece.
Continue reading Bibles of Software Engineering II: “Winning with Software”
Office politics is always a hot topic – even though it is actually pretty hard to define. What if what seems to be “politics” actually is just a huge misunderstanding? – Let’s investigate how this can happen and what to do about it.
Continue reading Office Politics that isn’t
Back in 1997, when I first met Tim Berners-Lee, (now Sir Tim Berners-Lee)…
Continue reading I am a systems engineer…
From the attic: I’ve written this years ago but didn’t publish it for one reason or another. It’s not recent, but worth a thought or two anyways… Whatever, here comes:
The other day, I had a very interesting discussion with a friend-colleague-mentor about unpopular truths in large corporate environments.
Continue reading Learning to love the rain
Time to kick off a brainstorming session. How to do that? – Reminding everybody about how brainstorming works? Focussing people on the topic at hand?
Fortunately, I ran across this nice article “Twitter Strangers” just in time. I re-told the article (admittedly in a creative interpretation), roughly with the following key content: about the tendency to get stuck in the same associations, about the challenge to be really creative and about a simple experiment that shows the value of unexpected contributions. It was just the material I needed to wake everybody up, establish some cliff-hangers and so on to bring some spice back into the heads.
In the workshop summaries, the resulting brainstorming was repeatedly highlighted for its energy level 🙂
For me, this proves once again: The success of any kind of group activity is determined by the ability to put everybody into the same frame of mind.
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You may remember the candle experiment from the recent post “Motivation 2.0: Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation“. The whole point of the candle experiment is to demonstrate that overcoming functional fixedness can not be accelerated with carrots and sticks – on the contrary.
Here, I’d like to give three real-world examples for overcoming functional fixedness. Or actually… one example for, two examples against it.
Continue reading Functional Fixedness: Real-world examples