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  • Design Notes on a Human Monitoring Dashboard

    It's hard to imagine designing a contemporary technology system without a healthy investment in performance and reliability monitoring tools. What would the human equivalent of a set of system monitoring tools look like? The Thoughtstream Monitor The Thoughtstream Monitor would present a display of [...]

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    Last week I went to the DevOpsDays Seattle conference. It was a great community event and very well-run, and I got to reconnect with a bunch of old friends and make some new ones. The best part of the conference for me was John Allspaw's talk on "Taking Human Performance Seriously in Software." As[...]

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    When You Eat and Read, Eat and Read

    I wish I was one of those people who could spout off an appropriate story at every moment, illuminating situations with the perfect teaching tale that is memorable and concrete. My friend Jamal Rahman has this ability, with amazing Bangladeshi Sufi tales waiting around every corner. I'm jealous! [...]

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    When I led Workplace Mindfulness workshop for client last week, two participants came up to me afterward. "We really liked the material," they said, "but we need help running better meetings. Can you please just tell us what to do?" As an empowerment-oriented, freedom-loving person it's sometimes [...]

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    I'm very pleased to be co-authoring a book on Mindful Lean: Seven Lean Practices to Optimize with Present-Moment Awareness with Todd Hudson of the Maverick Institute in Portland. Since we are most of the way through a first draft, here's a quick overview of the contents. Introduction Lean and [...]

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    Seattle Flânerie 2018

    This fancy-sounding French term is neither a dessert nor a kinky sexual maneuver. But it may be the key to thriving in midst of profound change in our city and beyond. In my work teaching mindfulness, emotional intelligence and other human skills to technology teams, I'm often asked for guidance [...]

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    In the brilliant HBO hit Silicon Valley, Pied Piper (the fictional company at the heart of the story)  develops a key innovation called "middle-out compression". The origins of this concept are shown in an amazing scene that is absolutely not family-friendly, so I won't link to it here (but it's [...]

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    Workplace mindfulness tip: a cup of tea

    I wrote recently about the abundant mindfulness opportunities present in a can of sparkling water. It may be that caffeinated beverages have a slightly non-mindful vibe to them - but you know, tea was brought to Japan in the first place by Zen monks seeking to stay awake during meditation. I'm not [...]

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    Workplace mindfulness tip: sparkling water

    At a mindfulness workshop that I led at a client site last week, one of the participants offered a beautiful and elegant practice for dropping out of our habitual obsession with thinking into a clearer and more present awareness. He really likes to drink Talking Rain sparkling water. Fortunately,[...]

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    In many conversations and experiences in recent weeks I've been reminded that there are as many pathways to developing mindfulness awareness in the workplace as there are people. Of course this make sense: how can being conscious of the details of your own experience result from anything but [...]

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