From Session 204, November 2, 2011 DevLearn 11 – references and resources
Keynote PDF – Agile Project Management for elearning development 9.8 MB is available here on SlideShare. NOTE UPDATED LINK 23 MAY 2012
Kanban – Joseph Flahiff
Agile online tools
- David J Anderson, Kanban, 2010
- Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Personal Kanban: Mapping Work |
Navigating Life, 2011
- Pete Deemer, et al, The Scrum Primer, ver 1., 2010 http://www.scrumalliance.org/resources/339
- Jim Highsmith, Agile Project Management, 2010
- Henrick Kniberg, Scrum And XP from the Trenches, 2007
- Henrick Kniberg & Mattias Skarin, Kanban and Scrum, Making the most of both, 2010
- Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Edition, 2008
- Ken Schwaber, Agile Project Management with Scrum, 2004
- Ken Schwaber & Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Guide July 2011 http://www.scrum.org/
- Michele Sliger & Stacia Brokerick, The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility, 2008
1 November additions from the trip out
- Mike Cohn, Succeeding with Agile: Software Development with Scrum, 2010
Last week my usually robust and reliable broadband DSL connection experienced a work slowdown. Being organized, I started to document “speed” and populated a spreadsheet. After a day of download “speeds” ranging from 1.40 to 2.18 Mbps, I called ATT. After 15 minute wait, spoke to a tech and replicated the troubleshooting, pinged the line (all was “fine”) and then brought in a line engineer who found a noise issue, did some tweaks and performance improved for a short period and then back to dismal performance, way below the expected 3.1 – 6.0 Mbps. We Lleft it as a wait and see if performance improved.
Fortunately there are now options in broadband and I checked out Clear, an internet connection via wireless 4G. This Clear retailer offers a 48 hour demo to check coverage since we all know the wireless disclaimers: actual speed may vary. The Clear modem worked well in the house however I only could achieve three bars consistently. I used the Clear modem during a GoToWebinar presentation that used VOIP. It worked well with very few audio hiccups. During the session I ran a speed test with results of 2:41 Mbps. With the modem on an extension cord and out in the front yard I did get five bars.
The ATT performance issue resolved itself (after a tech visited the utility pole on the street) and performance is back to expectations, 5.81 Mbps as I write this post. So Clear is an option but only if they can provide an outdoor modem with a better line of sight to the cell tower. According to the retailer, outdoor modems are “in the works.” So, do I look into the ATT fiber solution or stay the course with twisted pair DSL?
From the May 2011 ASTD T&D magazine, we learned that Newly Hired Executives Not Performing Up to Par [note login required to ASTD]. Poor interpersonal and leadership skills in collaboration, influence and ability to build relationships lead to these costly failures. On Monday May 16 The Daily Show [note entire episode], John Stewart’s interview with author Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test. Ronson, an the amiable Brit and author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, set out to explore the world of madness and build his psychopath spotting skills. He reports that 25 % in prison, one percent of the general population and FOUR PERCENT of corporate chiefs are psychopaths. So in connecting the dots, these execs must be psychopaths, right? Well, probably not, but certainly a fun thought.
The study found that the failure rate for external hires was nearly the same as internal: 27 versus 23%. Suggestions to mitigate include building a formal onboarding team to guide the new executive into the role. For those that do behave like psychopaths, at least we can provide some coaching so that these execs appear empathetic.
Why are we driven to play zero sum games? Appears to me that we’ve lost the willingness to compromise, to take the long view and look for win-win or perhaps give-give. Given our fiscal situation the one give is that taxes must go up and spending must go down. Stephen Colbert parses this nicely on April 11, 2011 show regarding the deal to keep the government open. On who won (meaning Obama versus Boehner),
“…one person has to be broken, weeping on the floor in the fetal position, while the other stands over him cackling in triumph. You know, compromise.”
Colbert Report 4/11/2011 – Who wins?
Watch the entire clip for a great debate tool – my comment was not intended to be a factual statement per Jon Kyl’s (shall we say) non–factual statement about Planned Parenthood. Great fun on Twitter with this hashtag:#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement.
From Dean Baker, a handy calculator that demonstrates the fiscal challenges of our health care system and clearly shows that inefficiency will drive future deficits. Will be very noisy through the 2012 elections.
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As a small business owner, I’ve known this for some time. This year as a self development activity, I planned to research and improve marketing for dBolen and Associates, Inc. My “marketing” has been limited to networking, activities in professional associations, web-site, some limited buys of advertising. The challenge that consultants have is that we cannot follow the textbook approaches to marketing for retail and manufacturing. My business has come from referrals via my network. Browsing the nearby library, found Mark Stevens Your Marketing Sucks. This is the best marketing resource I’ve found and he actually addresses marketing for service providers like accountants. Stevens calls his approach extreme marketing.
Extreme Marketing is:
- Marketing is an integrated process (not discrete spends for advertising, direct mail, it’s the process of generating sales/profits)
- Identify innovative initiatives that can command the attention in the marketplace
- Integrate all of the elements of your marketing program
- Do not engage in any marketing activities that fail to produce a positive return
- Pick the low-hanging fruit
- Don’t be linear
- Be persistent, relentless, inventive, counter-intuitive, challenging, combative, strategic, and tactical (location 323 – 349 in Kindle)
In Extreme Marketing, you must have systems in place to determine effectiveness. Is your marketing $1.00 generating more than $1.00 in return.
Your Marketing Sucks is a great book even providing case studies and a relevant real world-plan. I now have the eBook.
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Great idea from Jan Schultink in his blog, IdeaTransplant – Send me an executive summary. Although his post is focused on the world of investors, we as learning professionals should develop a pitch mindset. Jan’s alternative to the executive summary, “I am sending you a 5 minute pitch.”
My tweaks – create a short, visual document, no more than 2 pages. Explain the approach in plain language. Focus on the problem and your solution. Your objective is to get attention and get invited for a full pitch to help solve you client’s business problem.
This approach might have served me well in a project that didn’t end well.
Interesting story in the Sunday NYT on Google’s journey to improve managers. Being Google, a tremendous effort was undertaken in analysis leading to – the Eight Google Rules. Nothing earth shaking here as paraphrased:
- Be a good coach
- Empower your team, don’t micromanage
- Express interest in team members success and well being
- Don’t be a sissy, be productive, results-oriented
- Be a good communicator, listen to your team
- Help your employees with career development
- Have a clear vision and strategy for the team
- Have key technical skills so you can advise the team
Interesting that coaching skills is number one. In my last corporate role, we set on the journey to build a a high performing workplace. Success here was predicated on managers and leaders being great coaches. However, we discovered that current managers/leaders were terrible coaches. Why was that? These manager/leaders never received coaching in their formative roles. When presented with 360 feedback, many struggled since this was the first time these individuals received candid feedback from peers, leaders and subordinates.
Hopefully Google will invest development for all managers to become excellent coaches since I suspect that’s not a developed skillset.
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Tagged HR, Leadership