Technical Practices as a Hack on Consciousness

September 6, 2016

In June I previewed here that I was working on a forthcoming article on technical practices and consciousness.  It’s live now on InfoQ, and you can access it here: I anticipate having a related article out shortly through another publishing venue and will let you know here when it’s coming.  I’m very interested in […]

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Struggling with Certifications

August 22, 2016

The last couple of weeks, the topic of the value and risk of certifying professional practices and knowledge has been haunting me.  Perhaps this is because this coming Saturday I’m supposed to be delivering a talk on the topic at a local conference.  While I can see the value in certification, as I expressed in […]

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Trust Building and Trust Breaking

August 18, 2016

I was thinking about the issue of trust—it’s nature, the breaking of it, and the rebuilding of it—the other day.  The occasion was likely my daily listening to the morning news.  It’s amazing how each presidential election season we see such horrible things occur on the national stage, and then there comes that moment when […]

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Voice and Rank

June 20, 2016

“I am the leader.  Your decisions are not final until ratified by me.  A decision made in my absence is not valid.” — Anonymous I sat next to a manager who was leading a failing project and watched him prepare, in the space of 30 minutes, a request for another million dollars in funding. I […]

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In the Ocean

June 17, 2016

At various points in my life, I have scented something in the wind around me and decided to follow my nose even when other people thought it was crazy to head toward what attracted me.  It works for me, as they say.  The feeling is sometimes like being caught up in an ocean wave.  If […]

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Knowledge Versus the Appearance of Knowledge

June 12, 2016

A great deal has been written about the importance of lifelong learning.  I remember in high school one of our instructors telling my class that ours would be the first generation for which lifelong learning would be a must.  No more getting a high school or college education and considering your education and training complete. […]

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Consciousness and Software Development

June 7, 2016

I was attracted to the Agile movement through my interest not only in software but in conflict and collaboration.  I’ve had many fascinating experiences and met lots of smart, eccentric, warm, wily, and deeply fascinating people in the course of my career.  Many of those have also been attracted to Agile.  If it hadn’t been […]

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“My Team”

October 10, 2015

I’m sitting in a hotel room at the close of a conference where, for the last three days, the phrases “my team” and “your team” have come up repeatedly from speakers who are talking to roomsful of nominal team leaders. It grated on my ears every time I heard it. I have for some time […]

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Happiness Related to Meaning and the Avoidance of Afidelity in Work Life

May 18, 2015

My good society will have strong individualism amidst community. – The Servant as Leader by Robert K. Greenleaf An interesting model of happiness (yes, there are models of what generates happiness) comes out of Martin Seligman’s work and the Positive Psychology domain. That model is known as PERMA: Positive emotion Engagement positive Relationships Meaning Accomplishment […]

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How Principles and Purpose Relate to Personal Integrity at Work

May 11, 2015

When I refer to integrity, I have something very simple and very specific in mind. Integrity, as I will use the term, requires three steps: (1) discerning what is right and what is wrong; (2) acting on what you have discerned, even at personal cost; and (3) saying openly that you are acting on your […]

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