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Dancing on the Edge of Chaos is Being Agile

This one is for Jen! “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” -Carl Jung During a round table phone conference of agilists that I participated in recently, a questions was asked by the moderator, “At what point is the maximum efficiency and effectiveness in agile methods achieved?” After listening to several answers, such as, “Maximum efficiency is never achieved, it is an ever moving goal.” I responded that, “Maximum …

Read More » How Poor Project Communication Killed The Patient

This one is dedicated to Sally, “Di politica nunquam nos!” “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ― Mahatma Gandhi By now most of America knows that the website—one of the main delivery portals of the Affordable Care Act—was a disaster.  Even back on November 13th only 13% in a Slate poll[1] thought it was successful; and a week is a long time in a political hot potato such as this.  There are so many …

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A Natural Agilist Practices What She Preaches

Katie Iorio-Martin is the Franchise President and CEO; Partner of Dale Carnegie Training for Southeastern Pennsylvania located at 2000 Valley Forge Circle, Suites 119 & 120 King of Prussia, PA 19406.  She has been involved with Dale Carnegie for over 20 years in various roles including sales, operations, and training.  Katie is a top certified, multi-course trainer.   She is responsible for setting corporate strategy and leading her team’s execution.  Katie supports sales consultants, coaches trainers, manages all internal …

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A Certification doth not an Agilist Make

This one is for Elaine of the golden hair.  Angels above blush at thy beauty. “Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.” – G. M. Trevelyan The other evening, I had the chance to chat with an acquaintance who is a certified scrum master (CSM).  We started a rather deplorable, desultory conversation, until the subject turned to certifications.  …

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What every CIO Should Know about Agile Architectures

From the .PDF: Agile concepts, techniques and technologies are much in demand today.   Many organization have astounding success with agile, while others experience failure, sometimes horrifically.   Usually agile fails in these cases from improper application of the concepts or lack of supporting environments.   While agile necessarily implies “rapid”, at least as far as iterations are concerned; it doesn’t mean poor quality.   However, constant code changes to improve quality can bring a …

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Sailing in an Agile Ship with Vision and Knowledge to Guide You (Part 2)

Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has had a revolutionary impact on culture and commerce.  We have seen the rise of near-instant communication spoken of by Alvin Toffler in Revolutionary Wealth via electronic mail, instant messaging, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) “phone calls” and two-way interactive video calls.  The World Wide Web’s seeming limitless discussion forums, blogs30, social networking, and even online shopping sites with comments and recommendations has arguably had more impact on mankind that …

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Sailing in an Agile Ship with Vision and Knowledge to Guide You

  Dedicated to Joseph P. Wisdo (1951-2013) Colleague, Friend and Humanitarian “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.” – Carl Schurz    Since the early 1980s, many organizations suffered wild swings between a starboard of success and a port of failure1; others sailed a steadily …

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