Purely for the fun of it, Maria Popova drew Wisława Szymborska’s poetic island in a map inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia.
Polish poet Wisława Szymborska (July 2, 1923–February 1, 2012) "explored how our contracting compulsion for knowing can lead us astray in her sublime 1976 poem “Utopia,” found in her Map: Collected and Last Poems (public library)" -- Maria Popova
Island where all becomes clear.
Solid ground beneath your feet.
The only roads are those that offer access.
Bushes bend beneath the weight of proofs.
The Tree of Valid Supposition grows here with branches disentangled since time immemorial.
The Tree of Understanding, dazzlingly straight and simple, sprouts by the spring called Now I Get It.
The thicker the woods, the vaster the vista: the Valley of Obviously.
If any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly.
Echoes stir unsummoned and eagerly explain all the secrets of the worlds.
On the right a cave where Meaning lies.
On the left the Lake of Deep Conviction. Truth breaks from the bottom and bobs to the surface.
Unshakable Confidence towers over the valley. Its peak offers an excellent view of the Essence of Things.
For all its charms, the island is uninhabited, and the faint footprints scattered on its beaches turn without exception to the sea.
As if all you can do here is leave and plunge, never to return, into the depths.
- "The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us" by Dan Pink.
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What I notice first and really like is the subtle implication in the shadow of the "i" in Drive is a person taking one step in a running motion. This brings to mind the old saying - "there is no I in TEAM". There is however a ME in TEAM, and there is an I in DRIVE. And when one talks about motivating a team or an individual - it all starts with - what's in it for me.
Pink starts with an early experiment with monkeys on problem solving. Seems the monkeys were much better problem solver's than the scientist thought they should be. This 1949 experiment is explained as the early understanding of motivation. At the time there were two main drivers of motivation: biological & external influences. Harry F. Harlow defines the third drive in a novel theory: "The performance of the task provided intrinsic reward" (p 3). This is Dan Pink's M…
Let's Invert the typically wrong headed view of Software Development project management as a construction project. We can map it the other way just to see if it works... to have some fun, to explore the meaning of phrases we toss around quite frequently.
Normally Project Management terms come from a construction domain. We are going to apply the lexicon of modern software to the construction of a home. We will follow the construction project and meet some of the people doing the work.
This is a very small (8 homes from $600,000 skyward) program in my 30-40 year old neighborhood.
About 6 months ago I saw the programs landing page go up. It gives casual observers and some of the stakeholders a general idea of the intent of the program. And most importantly who to contact for additional information if you happen to be interested in their products.
The Refuge program has 8 product projects and has them running independently. Yet much of their DevOps infrastructure has already b…
In the 1900s the automobile industry was the most important and innovation industry in the USA. But one could question if this was good for our society in the long run. And one could question if they actually innovated.
In the early 1900s there were few automobiles, very little infrastructure created to support the industry. For example the road system was still designed for horse drawn wagons and the wagon wheel (remember a steal rim and wooden compression spoke wheel). The future US Highways, or the 1950s Interstate Highway System at the cost of $425 billion were decades and many innovations away. There was no gas service station, there were however horse stables, farriers, and blacksmiths in each town along the roads. There was no real "road map", there was no road naming system, like was created in 1926 - the United States Numbered Highway System.
The industry employees millions of people, and was a large factor in the economy of the USA. It created or was created b…
We are desperately searching for a term for people that connotes the best of human kind. The creative, sensing, combinatorial synergistic, empathic solutioning persons that have yet to been labeled with a role name that works.
Shakespeare created 1700 words in his time. He mutated verbs to nouns, and vice-a-versa, transformed verbs into adjectives, and formed words from whole cloth never before heard. This skill is rare, but there is a poet that can create the term we need in the twenty-first century.
What are the individual elements that make a Scrum task board effective for the team and the leadership of the team? There are a few basic elements that are quite obvious when you have seen a few good Scrum boards... but there are some other elements that appear to elude even the most servant of leaders of Scrum teams.
In general I'm referring to a physical Scrum board. Although software applications will replicated may of the elements of a good Scrum board there will be affordances that are not easily replicated. And software applications offer features not easily implemented in the physical domain also.
Scrum Info Radiator Checklist (PDF)
Basic Elements Board Framework - columns and rows laid out in bold colors (blue tape works well) Attributes: space for the total number of stickies that will need to belong in each cell of the matrix; lines that are not easy eroded, but are also easy to replace; see Orientation.
Columns (or Rows) - labeled
Work In P…