2019-09-30: Today, for the first time in 16 years, I started a new job at a new company. Feels weird, but good.

2019-08-27: “You can’t manage something if you can’t measure it.” I’d add: “Just because you can measure …

2019-08-14: “Systems-thinkers constantly look for ways to make the “system of work” more humane, more …

2019-08-13: I find the argument that “You can’t build a high-performing team if they didn’t get to choose work …

2019-08-01: In the US anyhow, I believe it likely employment continues to bifurcates into a handful of massive …

2019-07-31: If we accept that lean/agile are primarily learning systems, then a key question to ask is, “What is …

2019-07-26: If lean/agile are thought of first as learning systems, Respect for People moves from good and …

2019-07-24: I can’t stop thinking about this notion I had that lean and agile could be viewed primarily as …

2019-07-24: Am I the only one that thinks the scene with Data in the Picard trailer is on a holodeck? 🖖🏻

2019-07-10: Did you know there are at least 50, and possibly 200, galaxies that orbit the Milky Way? Yes, orbit …

2019-06-03: This is the darkest timeline. #WWDC

2019-05-09: The point of Lean/Agile/etc. is to teach people how to learn so they can deliver value better. If …

2019-04-24: “[W]e’re not going to make people work better (after having decided what they should do …

2019-04-21: Such an excellent point: Lean focuses on operational excellence to enable product design excellence. …

2019-03-27: “From blame comes shame. And then hurt, denial, anger, and retaliation.” Daring Greatly - Brené …

2019-03-07: “The perception that vulnerability is weakness is the most widely accepted myth about vulnerability …

2019-03-03: “Any time you see [x], just stop reading. You will only make yourself dumber by reading to the end.” …

2019-01-31: After 16 years with my employer, today was my last day. It was also the last day for my colleagues. …

2019-01-07: I’ve been very quiet of late, preparing for something I expect will finally happen around the end of …

2018-12-05: I co-taught SAFe PO-PM training with a colleague the last two days, the first training I’ve done in …

2018-11-20: There has to be some way to disable the Caps Lock key on my Smart Keyboard Folio. I can’t imagine a …

2018-11-17: “We, … in knowledge management and strategy work, hire experts and consultants to tell us how the …

2018-11-09: Excellent thread by @andy_matuschak on measures and ideas. Make sure to read the blog post at the …

2018-10-30: New iPad ordered, but this was by far the hardest time I’ve had hitting buy. The prices have really …

2018-10-29: “Agile” does not simply mean “doing a project faster.” If that’s what you take away from prior …

2018-10-25: It is a lot harder to sell, but a slow “transformation” sure seems more sustainable.

2018-10-23: ✏️Frameworks As End States Versus Next States If you view a framework as a potential end state, …

2018-10-23: I recently finished @alshalloway’s Flex Essentials course. It’s worth the price of admission …

2018-10-04: “Reflective practitioners” - I like that term.

2018-09-24: If you view a working framework as a possible end state, you will find its flaws. If you view that …

2018-09-17: Apple ID needs a place to continually push their miniaturization skills at scale. Having the Watch …

2018-09-12: (Hot takes all, I know.) 🔥

2018-09-12: Some nice updates at the iPhone X S event today, but the two things that stood out to me: * …

2018-09-12: I recently watched Babylon 5 through for the first time. Takes a little while to get into, but …

2018-08-22: “Let us redefine progress to mean that just because we can do a thing, it does not necessarily mean …

2018-07-23: Learning Builds Systems: Excellent post by @ourfounder. I also have found reading outside my primary …

2018-07-22: The best thing I can say about the book The Living Company is that it changed my thinking in ways I …

2018-07-22: Much as I like micro.blog hosting, I’m considering moving to Wordpress so I can do more complex …

2018-07-19: If you view a framework as an end state, there will always be reasons to reject it as a …

2018-07-19: I’ve noticed recently I don’t think in terms of unintended consequences much anymore. I do think a …

2018-07-10: “In fact, it is emotionally difficult, in most companies, even to relax the emphasis on control. …

2018-07-09: “[B]eneath the rhetoric about ‘empowerment,’ most managers trust themselves infinitely more than …

2018-07-08: “Defensive Reasoning and the Doom Loop” is an amazing section title.

2018-07-05: I just want to reprint this entire section and say, “Yep.”

2018-07-05: “It takes a long time to build a river company. But if you have a river company in place, you can …

2018-07-05: “In those circumstances, what happens to trust? What happens to the resilience that the company …

2018-07-05: “There is rarely much thought left for the people who remain. Implicitly, the message of the company …

2018-07-05: “If a river company seems to suddenly turn on a dime and traumatically begin to lay off people in …

2018-07-03: Contemplating how approaching scenario planning in an incremental way might help move people off of …

2018-06-27: If you don’t think through possible futures (note the plural), you won’t be prepared to react if the …

2018-06-26: Without a clear vision, it is very difficult to get a motivated team. Ideally a leader co-creates …

2018-06-25: Consultants: If your client says they want a partnership, your first task should be to ask what that …

2018-06-23: A fitting tribute to the end of a 23 year tradition. 🥃

2018-06-22: ♻️✏️ The Internal Consultant’s Superpowers Internal consultants have superpowers of their own. …

2018-06-21: An Experiment In Fewer, Deeper Connections A few months ago I began an experiment prompted by some conversation on my micro.blog stream. The …

2018-06-20: Did Apple create Memoji now for use in FaceTime with the Apple Glasses, where there’ll be no good …

2018-06-20: It’s hard to let traditions go, particularly when the reasons you’re being driven to give them up …

2018-06-19: ✏️ The Internal Consultant’s Superpowers It isn’t discussed as often as the external consultant’s …

2018-06-14: I get deeply frustrated with external consultants who don’t seem interested in understanding a …

2018-06-14: I did not realize the Klingons appeared only once in the first season of TOS, and so late in the …

2018-06-14: Expectations, Norms, Tone and Pronouns I appreciate the responses from James Shelley and Colin Walker on my questions around which pronouns …

2018-06-12: Though I’m not a huge fan of the name (for reasons I can’t articulate), @alshalloway’s MBI concept …

2018-06-10: Apparently I’m 161 days late to this, but: Happy year sleeper ships are no longer needed for …

2018-06-10: Funny how often in TOS crew members were waiting in the turbolifts for a red alert to be called. 😏 …

2018-06-06: I continue to be amazed at how different, in a good way, TOS feels rewatching it now. It just feels …

2018-06-05: To be clear, I’m not yet entirely persuaded the world is permanently more unpredictable. I believe …

2018-06-05: Indeed, if we were to make a conscious choice, set aside the issue of which would be easier. Which …

2018-06-05: Perhaps this is a better angle: If the world indeed is changing too rapidly for large corporations …

2018-06-05: Have we ever stopped to ask whether it is a good idea to help large companies avoid …

2018-06-04: This year my Twitter and micro.blog was much calmer during the WWDC keynote. I’m making progress on …

2018-05-30: I have five pieces I want to write. I am unwilling to make the time to write them due to higher …

2018-05-29: I can’t stop thinking about the notion of writing software to help people think better. Hard to get …

2018-05-23: I find it interesting that the business side of the house seems to have taken to heart continuous …

2018-05-22: I Can’t (Yet) Shift From Third to Second Person James Shelley posted some thoughts on shifting his blog posts from the third to second person. He …

2018-05-21: I wonder how much time, effort and talent is wasted in companies on fundamentally impossible …

2018-05-20: ♻️✏️ The Best Way to Teach Scrum Should you teach Scrum to teach developers to be Agile, or the …

2018-05-16: Recent posts by @colinwalker and @jamesshelley have me considering more deeply how I use social …

2018-05-16: ✏️ The Best Way to Teach Scrum Recently I’ve seen some discussion about how best to teach Scrum. Ask …

2018-05-09: I find it interesting Ben Thompson posted about essentially the same idea around replacing vs. …

2018-05-09: Far too much time is spent on building technology to replace people and far too little effort given …

2018-05-09: Regarding best practices, @jamesshelley makes the point I intended more clearly and directly than I …

2018-05-08: If you’re trying yet another transformation program and want people to know you “really mean …

2018-05-08: We internal consultants tend to to think of external consultants as having superpowers, which they …

2018-05-08: Given external consultants are the most visible in a domain, that makes it much more difficult for …

2018-05-08: I only recently realized how profound the implications are of the distinction between internal and …

2018-05-07: Is Agile just a product development technique? It sure gets talked about that way.

2018-05-01: The paradox of best practices: If you commit to learning about and following industry best …

2018-05-01: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Most people: That’s one …

2018-05-01: The paradox of the internal consultant: You’re the only ones around long enough, and understand the …

2018-04-30: Periodic request: I’m looking to follow people who write about systems thinking, organization and …

2018-04-30: My Kickstarter hosting reward expired and I had to pay for micro.blog hosting today. I didn’t have …

2018-04-30: Does anyone who follows me have experience running the MIT beer distribution game? I’m contemplating …

2018-04-24: I’m starting to have the same allergic reaction to “Big T” Transformation programs that I have to …

2018-04-23: “…but on the whole exponential growth has been a dominant behavior of the human socioeconomic system …

2018-04-23: Read Brain Rules over the weekend. I read it to improve how I teach; I once again came away …

2018-04-22: Contemplating how to “transform” an organization inevitably leads me to contemplate how to run an …

2018-04-19: How much leverage can an internal consultant gain prior to an engagement? What kinds of forcing …

2018-04-19: Finished reading The Better Angles of Our Nature. It’s an impressive, and ultimately uplifting, …

2018-04-18: Just finished plowing again. Winter can seriously end any time now.

2018-04-17: Glad to see some of my colleagues let go last week are getting picked up internally. Hope to see …

2018-04-17: Well. I was already worried about wasting people’s time in the here and now. Now I’ll …

2018-04-16: My job now changed from teaching/coaching agile software development to business agility for the …

2018-04-16: Micro Monday recommendation: @jamesshelley Everything he writes makes me think.

2018-04-16: Sad. True story: I used to watch when I was young (I didn’t yet get most of the jokes). It wasn’t …

2018-04-12: Tough day. Another reorganization at our company through which several great colleagues lost their …

2018-04-11: Anyone have a recommendation for where to start digging in to Deming more? I get PDSA, red bead, …

2018-04-11: When you’re working with someone who has a clear vision, coaching them on what to do is so much …

2018-04-10: One of the things I appreciate about micro.blog is the apparent effort to fight the Success to the …

2018-04-10: Your Scrum Masters need to be effective coaches first, curious learners second, and Scrum experts …

2018-04-09: It is really disheartening to see how many arguments are based on deeply flawed logic. What’s worse …

2018-04-09: Interesting idea, though I wonder if it’s scalable outside of IT. apple.news One Year of ‘College’ …

2018-04-06: I see agile evangelists talk about agile in nearly mystical terms rather often. I don’t see this …

2018-04-05: Leaders: Your people are not mind readers. If you don’t tell them what you expect, you’re not likely …

2018-04-05: Responding to Benedict Evans on Twitter: There’s a distinction between what people post and the data …

2018-04-04: Based on the evidence I’ve seen, it would appear the most difficult task of a leader is to define …

2018-04-04: Nothing like spending a few hours trying to get your ice maker working again. Ah, the joys of home …

2018-04-03: Is anyone aware of any work on creating extravert and introvert friendly work environments?

2018-04-02: Can we please make the “next big thing” in software development be “a bunch of things?” Can we admit …

2018-04-02: I sometimes wonder if introverts shouldn’t have their own advocacy groups within organizations. Even …

2018-04-01: An advantage of ‘60’s television is they had more time to show “extra” little bits. I continue to be …

2018-03-31: Part (but by no means all) of my antipathy toward Scrum is the invasion of yet more extraversion …

2018-03-30: That feeling where you feel different than most people, work through standard personality exercises …

2018-03-29: Your org structure is not your problem. The fact everyone thinks the org structure is the problem is …

2018-03-28: It’s always a little surprising to me how people can be “data driven” in many things, but not large …

2018-03-28: “What does success look like?” is another very useful question, particularly if you can’t ask about …

2018-03-27: I think I’m close to sorting out my thoughts toward Discovery. It probably won’t be a popular …

2018-03-26: This notion of the Civilizing Process is intriguing on multiple levels. Put another way, it is …

2018-03-25: Currently reading Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature. Interesting how it explains …

2018-03-24: “What problem are you trying to solve?” is a highly underrated question. If you can do nothing else, …

2018-03-23: It’s amazing how many problems I see people talk about that get reduced to this-or-that, or …

2018-03-22: It’s been pointed out to me that DuckDuckGo might be fine in English, but not so much in other …

2018-03-22: Unpopular opinion: Google search is not substantively better than DuckDuckGo. Anecdotal I know, but …

2018-03-22: I could not echo this by Al Shalloway more strongly. “Simple but difficult to master” is bad design. …

2018-03-21: It seems to me that small companies give a person opportunity to exercise breadth of skills while …

2018-03-20: Reading management advice, and this notion of maintaining a distance from your employees keeps …

2018-03-19: “Given the overarching importance of trust in all relationships, business and personal, it’s …

2018-03-19: I don’t really like the bubbles my follows have turned in to. Help me break out. Who are two people …

2018-03-18: This is just amazing. So many memories… Some Very Entertaining Plastic, Emulated at the Archive - …

2018-03-18: Does anyone have an accessible, teachable example for set-based concurrent development? Preferably …

2018-03-17: I wonder if Toyota does anything to acknowledge the differences between introverts and extroverts? …

2018-03-16: Reading about Type A vs. Type B leaders, idly wondering which type each Star Trek captain is. 🤔 …

2018-03-15: Theory: A company establishing a philanthropic foundation is setting up a shifting the burden …

2018-03-15: Speaking of Susan Cain, you should really read Quiet if you haven’t. At least watch her TED talk. …

2018-03-15: Excellent read. We really need to do a better job of making companies safe for introverts as well as …

2018-03-14: History, as with systems, can’t be fully understood without talking to all of its participants. …

2018-03-13: Unsurprising, but sad nonetheless. I didn’t go there much, even as a kid, but thinking of it still …

2018-03-12: Discovery really should bring back the red warning light on the transporter console. 🖖🏻

2018-03-11: I’ve been trying to read a book that was recommended to me for almost a year now. The problem is the …

2018-03-11: I had forgotten how early in the run of TOS they figured out time travel. Kind of amazing how well …

2018-03-10: Still puzzling over the system complexity issue. I’m wondering how often the issue can’t be …

2018-03-09: And the very next song reminds me why I went to post in the first place. 🙃

2018-03-09: I was just about to post how, 2 months in, I love so much about Apple Music but that the New Music …

2018-03-08: All I know about quantum mechanics is from this video, but it’s pretty weird. Very strange …

2018-03-08: I’ve found myself pondering a local pizza joint, and how I’d apply lean principles to help the owner …

2018-03-07: So where are the yeomen on Discovery? 🖖🏻

2018-03-07: Some of our internal systems have a great deal of complexity (distinct from technical debt) that is …

2018-03-06: ♻️📝 Certification and Simplification A view on why it is easier to sell simple solutions people can …

2018-03-05: New Blog Post: Certification and Simplification A view on why it is so much easier to sell simple …

2018-03-04: Two episodes into my Star Trek (TOS) rewatch and one thing that immediately strikes me is how much …

2018-03-03: Had a “movie night” with the family. With young kids, we generally only see 30 minutes of something. …

2018-03-03: We accept we need more than two architectural patterns for designing software systems. Why do we …

2018-03-02: All of which is to say, you really should read Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows if you …

2018-03-02: Speaking of Thinking in Systems, I kind of wish I had read that book a couple years ago. I think I …

2018-03-02: There are books that make me think and change the way I view something, like Thinking in Systems. …

2018-03-02: I was surprised how much of a spiritual/moral bent was present in Thinking in Systems. It didn’t …

2018-03-01: “In a strict systems sense, there is no long-term, short-term distinction. Phenomena at different …

2018-02-28: I’m struggling with the distinction between “resilient” and “anti-fragile.” I suppose I need to read …

2018-02-28: Why do so many people believe voice will be the primary UI in the future when most Facebook videos …

2018-02-27: Full-blown Civilization VI on my iPad still kind of blows my mind.

2018-02-26: At work, would you rather have to follow a process that is: A) Simple but difficult to do well; or …

2018-02-26: I enjoyed Star Trek: Discovery a lot more the second time through. I think that confirms most of my …

2018-02-25: Reading Donella Meadows’ Thinking in Systems. Indulge me in a bit of thinking out loud here… …

2018-02-24: Rewatching Star Trek: Discovery. I almost forgot how interesting Lorca was as captain.

2018-02-23: I’m looking to follow people who write about systems thinking, organization and personal learning, …

2018-02-23: How often is “scrum-but” a pattern as opposed to an anti-pattern? That is, how often is “scrum-but” …

2018-02-22: Still sorting out my feelings on Star Trek: Discovery. Trying to figure out how much of my reaction …

2018-02-22: Idly wondering: Unless nearly the entire company can fit on one team, doesn’t Scrum almost guarantee …

2018-02-22: Why do I feel pressure to make my first post somewhere meaningful? No one will read it, and no one …