Today, on Friday 8th, 2019, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. This is one of the better chosen celebratory days in an annual calendar. I’ll celebrate by decorating this post with works of female artists Hilma af Klint, true inventor of abstract art, Georgiana Houghton, who specialised […]Read More Dear Girls, Your Time Will Come
Don’t let the date fool you, this book has aged like good wine.Read More Book Review: Being Agile
Each December when visiting my dear home country, Finland, I remember how seriously Finns take alcohol and Christmas; alcohol is a government owned monopoly, Santa resides in Finland and everybody loves the annual Christmas Peace Declaration. I have a bone to pick with one Christmas tradition; an annual Anti-Alcohol Campaign with a tagline “Give Your Child a Sober Christmas”. The camping […]Read More Alternative Take on “Give Your Child a Sober Christmas”
I was talking with a friend of mine, a seasoned Finnish sw specialist having worked as tester, developer and Scrum Master. It was interesting discussion because I’ve lived outside Finland for almost 10 years now, and a bit lost the touch with Agile Finland. What he told me surprised me and terrified me at the […]Read More Scrum Dysfunction #1
So, Tiger Woods did the unbelievable on Sept 23rd, 2018 by winning for the 80th time on the PGA Tour, and for the first time in five years. He dominated the PGA Tour Championship from beginning to end and almost FedEx Cup too. Tiger now has completed “The Comeback”. It wasn’t “his comeback” or “a comeback”, it was […]Read More What can agile teams learn from Tiger Woods?
Every time people meet, a structure emerges, we can’t really help it. We all know the old-skool group-work methods: open discussion, managed discussion, brainstorming, status reporting and presentation. However, all these are more or less dysfunctional regarding participation or distribution. “You have no choice. Every time you have a conversation or a meeting you are using microstructures.” […]Read More Let’s Make Meetings Great Again!
At some point, even the most stubborn of us will have to stop and think about the way we are living our lives. For some the stoppage comes due to personal development steps, but most of us feel this need via a life crisis. Irrespectively of cultural background, the age-of-reflection seems to be 42. Yes, […]Read More Deprogram Your Life
Words are funny. Some words whistle by nonchalantly and unnoticed, but some stop at your door as if saying: “Do you remember me?”. Sometimes you hear a word, understand its meaning and remember where you first heard or learned it. That initial meeting with the word has forever associated an emotional link. One simply cannot […]Read More Developers are Spelunkers
I believe that the community has yet to open the topic of “toxic people” sufficiently. Only a few people (among them Martin Fowler) have touched this topic, but even he only scratched the surface. We need to go deeper. Hold my hand, this might get scary… What is toxicity? I’d define toxicity (at workplace) simply to […]Read More Toxic People
Since many of us suffer from work-related stress, I though I’d tell a little bit about what I’ve found helpful. Obviously some things you can do outside of work can help you build up stamina for overcoming work-related stress too. Such methods are widely publicized, including for example: taking a longer holidays mediation mindfulness breathing resolving private […]Read More Easy Ways to Relieve Stress at Work