I've had a good day today.
I've had a good day today.
I wonder if the queen has ever used a whiteboard ...
I ran an "Agile Crash Course" for 10 managers last friday. They were all "between jobs" due to this horrible economy so they had spare time on their hands and most of them figured their was no harm in spending a day - free - learning about agile.
Last weekend we discovered chocolate mint growing in someone's herb garden. It's a green minty looking plant with browny-red colour running through the leaves and - truth - it smells and tastes just like chocolate mint icecream. No kidding.
Today we've taken the kids to a local play area which is in the middle of a forest. While hunting for tadpoles my 6 year-old daughter discover what smells and looks just like the chocolate mint we saw growing in the garden.
I'm not brave enough to taste it.
It might be the same thing, it might not. It might kill me.
(I'm happy picking wild stuff - we use a lot of wild garlic in the spring, for instance, and I'm looking forward to when the wild blackberries and raspberries ripen. But I know what they are and I know they're safe.)
So ... Have you got any advice or experience with wild chocolate mint?
Thanks Clarke Clarke Ching - www.clarkeching.com +44(0)7920114893 - Author of Rocks Into Gold - www.RocksIntoGold.com - and, coming soon, Rolling Rocks Downhill, a business novel.
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1. My Dad drives a truck. He has driven the sam brand of truck - an Isuzu - since I was 12. He upgraded the truck ever 3 or 4 years.
Forgive my whinging but ... it really annoys me when I see blog posts which go on about the difference between leaders and managers then implies that leaders are better than managers.
I'm currently reading Beating the System by Russell Ackoff and Sheldon Rovin. I'm not sure how I found the book but I managed to find a very cheap copy via Amazon so I bought it because I like Ackoff's thinking. It's a sweet little book filled with little stories about how "David" beats bureaucratic "Goliath".
Despite security classification of all documents coming out of the Pentagon during WWII, the Pentagon acquired evidence that the Germans gained access to the contents of the most highly classified documents quickly. Clearly, those illicitly acquiring documents for the Germans knew which ones to select based on security classification.
Consequently, the Army Operations Research Group at Johns Hopkins University was asked to find a way of foiling the enemy. The project was placed under the direction of a medieval historian. He looked at the problems in humanistic rather than technological terms. His conclusion was to terminate all classification of documents and send the Germans a copy of every document produced in the Pentagon. he reasoned that by the time the Germans sorted through the mess and found the documents that were important, they no longer would be.
Lo and behold, this proposal was not accepted.
Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, a very experienced Agile coach with a very long name, is in Edinburgh next Friday afternoon, the 26th. She's presenting a one-off session, running from 3-5, about *Agile in Safety-Critical Environments* to the agile team at Toshiba Medical Visualizaton Systems
The folk at Toshiba have very kindly set aside *a few spaces *for the general public. If you are interested then get back to me - email@example.com and I'll let you know if you've got a spot early next week. I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to turn some of you away. If you are particularly interested in safety-critical code then let me know and I'll prioritize you.
*When it just *has* to work: Agile Development in Safety-Critical Environments*
Traditional thinking holds that the more critical the application, the more tightly its development must be planned, staged, and controlled. The truth is that a flexible culture is stronger, safer, and more robust. FDA regulatory standards are designed to support a learning organization – fully compatible with Agile! This session gives you practical tips for moving your customers and auditors to a flexible agile approach to planning, team interactions, and risk management. When the culture shifts, the result is not just that teams achieve their goals sooner, but safety is greatly enhanced. Process/Mechanics
* Get ammunition for conversations with managers, to show why incremental design is safer than up-front design
* See examples of how several medical device companies are already reaping increased ROI from using agile team discipline
* Understand how the traditional method of hazard analysis is more dangerous than the agile approach
* Be able to explain to your customers (internal and external) the benefit - to them - of working collaboratively with you
* Grasp how the regulatory requirement for separate reporting chains for development and QA need not prevent Agile collaboration
Who Should Attend Key attendees are described here as “Personas”
Patricia - a seasoned project manager. She prefers agile development to her old attempts to force teams to conform to an overly prescriptive plan. But, her stakeholders still ask for the same predictability and schedule commitments. And the regulatory documentation needs seem to force a “big design up front” approach so she ends up with a mix of agile and waterfall practices that is only marginally better than waterfall.
Don - the product Quality Assurance representative. Don is responsible for quality concerns of the overall product, only part of which is the embedded software. In particular, Don has to make sure all the requirements of the regulatory agencies (in his world, the FDA) have been fulfilled, and wants to be sure the Agile approach will result in the kind of information he needs to provide.
I'm rather pleased that stickyminds.com are serializing Rocks Into Gold.
Here's part 1 of 4.