FRIM: Data Gathering for Retrospectives

I’m always interested in new ways to “Reflect” (from the Learning Circle) since this is often an overlooked aspect of learning. As Diana Larsen mentions in her blog entry about FRequency and IMpact, we often jump right into analysis (Learning). I haven’t tried this method yet, but I can see it coming in very handy.

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The Ladder of Inference Model

Last night I had a great conversation with a friend and co-worker, David Chilcott. He told me about the Ladder of Inference. This model is a way of taking the Agile Axiom that Reality is Perceived and building a model around that axiom. Here is another good link about the Ladder of Inference that provides some insight as to how to use it as a tool in communication.

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InfoQ Article in Chinese

Quite some time ago, I wrote an article for InfoQ called “What is Agility and Why Should You Care?” That article has been translated into Chinese:

What is Agility and Why Should You Care? (Chinese)

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Leadership

“A leader is a person who assists a group of people become a self-organizing, self-managing and self-sustaining team so that he/she no longer has to be a leader for that group.” – Just an idea I had. What do you think?

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Lawrence Miller

Back in the early 90s, my father let me watch a series of training videos by Lawrence Miller. At the time, I was in my late teens. I was very excited by the discussion regarding management, helping customers etc. I see now that he is also dealing with organizations, lean and topics of interest to me now! I haven’t read any of his books, but I’m pretty sure that they would all be very interesting.

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Effects of Defects: Grey Scope Creep

Is boosting productivity simple? Yes! Just cut code! One problem here. The gap between code complete and feature done is bigger then it appears. That was my thought as I was looking at statistics.

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Four Methods for Dealing with Interruptions

Recently I’ve talked with a number of people who have a simple question: what do we do with teams that are constantly interrupted by urgent support requests for their time?

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Agile/Scrum Training in Beijing

This is a “last call” for people to register for the ScrumMaster certification course I am holding in Beijing on June 7th and 8th. At this time, I need only a few more people to be able to confirm the course (it is tentative at this time). If you are interested please save yourself a spot. If you know someone else who might be interested, please send along this link:

http://www.berteigconsulting.com/secure/a.php?h=042

I will be making my final decision on the course on April 22nd.

Thanks! – Mishkin.

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