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  • The Green Water Bottle: Collective Sense-Making

    At a client site yesterday I was introduced (by my wonderful co-facilitator Dawn Kinsey) to a group mindfulness exercise in collective sense-making, where the group spend a minute mindfully inspecting an object (in this case a green water bottle), and then each in turn offered a non-judgmental [...]

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    How to Get Other People to Do What You Want

    One of my very favorite new places to hang out is Seattle CoffeeOps, a biweekly meetup at Chef Software to talk about DevOps. It's big (50+ attendees), friendly and wonderfully designed. The quality of conversation in the breakout sessions of 10-12 people is very high. At a recent session one of the[...]

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    I taught Gregorian chant classes and retreats for over a decade. Very regularly, enthusiastic new students would show up, exclaiming, "I just love Gregorian chant! It makes me so peaceful and happy, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to learn to sing it." After a few hours of workshopping, I [...]

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    What two French guitarists can teach us

    Talk about effective collaboration! I had the great privilege yesterday of hearing the guitar duo Antoine Boyer and Samuelito at the marvelous DjangoFest Northwest on Whidbey Island. In front of a packed house these two young and wiry Frenchmen sat side by side on the stage in utter relaxation and [...]

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    Gregorian chant for tech, part 1: hearing and being heard

    I sang and taught Gregorian chant for 20 years - nearly as long as I have been working in technology. I learned a few principles that may have some relevance for technology delivery. When teaching a group class, my initial piece of advice was always the following: Sing loud enough so the [...]

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    Agile is Fractal

     In his Slideshare presentation on The Agile Method Ecosystem Agustin Villena makes the useful comment that Agile development functions much like fractal systems in nature: like the branching patterns of trees or the contours of a coastline, Agile delivery relies on a nested set of progressively [...]

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