Category: Agile

Workshop Insights

Always much to learn from facilitating a workshop. First off, no more than three exercises during the course of a day. That’s nearly a given now even though I always try to pack in more. But – more importantly for me – is an awareness of how my physical presence can affect a room full ...

Making as Sense Making

I’ve read Matthew Crawford‘s book, “Shop Class as Soulcraft” a few times now. It has earned a permanent place on my bedside table. I plan on reading it again several more times. He is a senior fellow at UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and owns a motorcycle shop where he custom fabricates parts ...

Defining a Minimally Viable Experiment

Using Maslow to define need states, there is a hypothetical starter set of desirable features or services that, over time, are supported by learning. The mandatories – functional and usable – are built first. The topmost sections of the pyramid would not exist without the foundational work. The emphasis, however, is always on the learning.  

Entrepreneurialism – from a cultural point of view

I sent along my post in response to Friedman’s article to a close friend who works for the world’s largest NGO. He’s an economist and has been trying to instill the spirit and practice of entrepreneurialism both within his organization and in developing countries around the world. This is his response; “What is interesting is ...

Is Growth Hacking Nonsense?

I had to jump in. This is my contribution to this (http://bit.ly/growth_hack) discussion on Quora; I walked into a talk a few months ago here in New York where a self-proclaimed growth hacker gave his spiel about the practice. The room was overcrowded and people were hanging on to the walls eager to get their questions answered at ...