What playing Asteroids taught me about Getting Shit Done

What playing Asteroids taught me about Getting Shit Done

Breaking rocks like it's 1979 Some good analogies keep haunting me for years :) One of them I've heard from Liz Keogh some time ago - I don't remember the exact event, but I'm sure it was live, not recorded session. I don't remember the exact words, but it was something like that: "Creating software products is like playing Asteroids. If you keep breaking the big rocks only, you may seem efficient in the beginning (because it's easy to target these), but you'll get overcrowded with tiny ones very soon. The proper strategy is to keep overall asteroids' count low…

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Power to the people! But they do not want it... About the teams who don't want to be agile.

Smart, agile thought-leaders say: the best architectures and designs come from the self-organizing teams don’t build the the ivory tower - it’s the people who do “the ground work” that know best what are the day-to-day problems that impact and impair their work motivated individuals are the key - build the teams and projects around them and … you know, they are obviously right. But … sometimes it just doesn’t work that way - some people NEED to be driven: and they are not the minority. I’ve made an experiment.…

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Kanban - what's the hype about?

Kanban - what's the hype about?

As some of you already know (those ones who follow me on twitter - @liveweird), I’ve finished reading the book I had mentioned before - David Anderson’s "Kanban". And … I’m a bit puzzled. I don’t really get what’s all the hype about. Btw., if you don’t know what Kanban is, you should start with reading the short description on Wikipedia. So, first things first - Kanban is not a methodology. Nope. It’s just the mindset modification, process adjustment that can help you with optimizing the software development (but not only!) regardless…

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