Taking Agile to Operations

I see Agile as a philosophy of teamwork especially suited to groups tasked with creating something unique.  Agile promises that we can actually get a product delivered from of these smart, creative people in whom the business has invested.  Maximizing ROI on salaries has been the holy grail of managing knowledge workers for decades, and Agile promises a way to do just that. […]

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Scrum Master Training Review

Scott Schimanski, a friend and colleague of mine, recently attended Scrum Master training and upon his return, reviewed it for the rest of the team.  With his permission, I am posting his review here, slightly edited to protect the innocent. Scott is a former developer and current Project Manager and, as you will see, one heck […]

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At the Office with Microsoft

Have you seen “The Office”?  Have you seen the British version with David Brent?  The character of David Brent is played by Ricky Gervais, who has had one of the most popular podcasts in history. Apparently Microsoft thought that it would be a good idea to have Ricky expound on the company’s core values while […]

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2 Things that Will Soon Matter

I have spent the better part of a weekend doing some listening and reading about some emerging Microsoft technologies (products?) that I believe will both be disruptive in their own ways.  Windows Workflow Foundations and Microsoft Share Point 2007 are linked together, but worlds apart. Windows Workflow Foundations Workflow seems really mundane, which is why […]

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The 2006 Stomp

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The Stomp was great.  This is first time I have ever attended a “real” motorcycle rally and rest assured it will not be my last.  Here is a photo gallery of pics that I took. I thought the great fun would be in seeing all of the different motorcycles and other machines.  While this was […]

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Going to the Stomp

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I am going to spend the next few days riding my BMW R1150GS with a bunch of other nerd bikers in the great outdoors of Idaho. The Stanley Stomp is an old tradition of a motorcycle rally put on by BMW Riders of Idaho.  The rally is best known for its’ big spreads of food […]

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Blog Flair

I am wanting to put some blog flair on my sidebar with my Currently Reading book list.  I have looked through Amazon, and through a few other sites, and I simply cannot find an out-of-the-box JavaScript based solution for this. Surely someone in the world provides a service where I can administer blog flair on […]

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Windows Live Writer

This post is being written in Windows Live Writer, a new blogging tool from Microsoft.  I am completely happy with the this tool and the fact that MS is putting it out there. As you may recall, I have tried every off-line blog tool known to man, and regardless of my total frustration with the poor quality […]

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