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Month: October 2018

Kanban board filters can streamline your daily standups

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say “the board will be so cluttered if we put all of this work on there,” then I would be… well… richer than I am now!  In all seriousness, I love that statement because it gives me an opportunity to discuss how necessary it is to face our reality, no matter how messy. If we force ourselves to see the ugly truth, we’re much more motivated to improve it and others are more understanding when you talk to them. Instead of hiding the mess, we need to learn to navigate it when we need information quickly, like in a daily standup. Fortunately,  many virtual tools, like JIRA, provide quick filtering capability with their visual boards for this very purpose.

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This Week’s Video to Watch: Pursuing Lagom at AllDayDevOps

lagom not too little, not too much, just right

Hello! I thought that I would be a little self-indulgent in this week’s video to watch and include my own video. Last night I gave a ~30 minute talk titled “Pursing Lagom: Finding Balance between Extremes” at the virtual AllDayDevOps conference. Check out the slides. Since the conference was live streamed for free on YouTube, the video is already posted.  Watch it here…

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Comfort and Safety are not the same thing

balancing stones

Comfort. Safety. We get these two confused. Did you ever know something but it took someone saying the concept out loud for you to take notice of it and think about it? This week, Gitte Klitgaard made me realize how often we conflate comfort and safety. You can be comfortable overeating, but that’s not safe. You can be comfortable doing way too much work or using yelling as your primary means of communication, but neither are safe. They just feel safe because that’s what we are used to doing. Making “safety nets” more visible is a sustainable way to help people embrace necessary change – change that moves us towards safety.

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