Monday, November 9, 2009

And Still More Quotes from Twitter

Alan Shalloway - Scrum's power lies in its collaboration, co-location & feedback. thinking it lies in its practices is what ossifies/limits it.

Alan Shalloway - The Leader must be pulling the org thru the change process, not pushing it thru. When a leader is pushing, the org's, people don't know if they are being pushed toward something better or off a cliff- they do not have the concern if leaders are out in front and pulling.

Alistair Cockburn - Crystal = frequent delivery + close communication + reflective improvement => self-awareness; Ladder: techniques -> principles -> metaskills

Bob MacNeal - Maybe "self-direction" is one characteristic that distinguishes a team from a group. Scott Duncan - Collaboration would be another. Been in group's that related well, but each did their own thing and were structured that way.

Carl Sagan (via Kevlin Henney) - Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.

Chris McMahon - to improve performance, what is THE ONE THING we can do right now? Ron Jeffries - they already know the one thing. Everyone does.

Dale Emery - Passion and respect are not inherently at odds, though they can seem to be if you don't know how to express both at once.

Daryl Kulak - Project estimating is just wishing to two decimal places.

Dave Ramsey (via Carlton Matthews and @E-Mealz) - When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall.

David Hussman - Sometimes Twitter seems like the world first and largest virtual fortune cookie.

Elizabeth Hendrickson - It is hard to Speak the Truth, and speak it diplomatically enough to be heard, when people want Comforting Lies.

Elizabeth Hendrickson (reported by Chris Sterling at PNSQC) - "The definition of Agile is in the results" (deliver value frequently at sustainable pace) "Flexibility is a side-effect of being agile."

Glyn Lumley - Anybody's job should not merely be to "do it right" but to do it better.

Hillel Glazer - Real engineers *do* like GOOD processes. Those that don't are posers. If you made it through college/university w/out any processes you probably weren't in an engineering school. Check your diploma.

J.B. Rainsberger - I find it hard to value Customer Collaboration without valuing whatever the customer decides is value.

Jacob Yip - Stop the line != stop and fix. Stop and contain. Fix when you understand why, which may require longer analysis.

Jason Yip - A car is a system; individual parts are not. Extreme Programming is a system; individual practices are not.

Jason Yip - Paradoxically, if you truly value people, you tend to focus on the work, not on the people.

Jeff Patton - agile people: is iteration process iteration- repeat the same steps in cycles, or product iteration: reconsider and rework prod decisions?

Jeff Patton - Agile-resistant teams hate all the meetings. Experienced agile teams love all the collaborative work.

Jeff Patton - Requirements are the boundary between what I get to decide and what you get to decide. It's a fuzzy discussion, or DMZ.

Jim Highsmith - Agility is the ability to think and learn rather than blindly following a recipe. Brian Marick - No, agility is not "the ability to think and learn rather than blindly following a recipe". Let's not equate "agility" with "good". The ability to think and learn is part of Agile and 8 zillion other things. Joshua Kerievsky - @marick You've focused on the think/learn part while the important part is not "blindly following a recipe." (even an Agile one). Brian Marick - @JoshuaKerievsky I suppose it needs saying. But I think it would be good if Agile thought leaders thought more about software.

Jim Knowlton (at PNSQC via Matt Dressman) - "date, but don't marry, your framework."

John D. Cook (actually from his blog pointed to by Jurgen Appelo) - I’ve said that someone has too much time on their hands, but not since I read Meyer’s post. I see now that the phrase is often a sour grapes response to creativity. I don’t want to do that anymore.

John Goodsen - Iterations are the dogma and waste of Agile. Flow and pull make iterations irrelevant. Are you certified to manage waste?

John Seddon (via Bob Marshall) - Less of the wrong thing is not the right thing.

John Seddon (via Bob Marshall) - Measure what is important to customers, not auditors.

Mike Sutton - The larger the organisation the thinner the thread that connects work to value.

Naresh Jain - Code is not an asset its a liability. Tacit knowledge gained building the product is the asset.

Nat Pryce - New manifesto: while we value valuing things other than value, we value valuing value more.

Pat Reed (via George Dinwiddie) - Projects fail at the beginning, not at the end.

Payson Hall - On reflection, key takeaway from #Risk Conference last month was definition of #project risk as "Uncertainty that matters".

Peter R. Scholtes (via Glyn Lumley) - Why do you hire dead wood? Or, why do you hire live wood and kill it! (From The leader's handbook: making things happen, getting things done‎).

Peter Scholtes (via Glyn Lumley) - Bureaucracy is a form of waste.. people with no real work to do impose needless tasks on those with real work to do.

Scott Duncan - I see "giving" offense as different from "taking" it. I can avoid the former, but likely not the latter.

Scott Duncan - In general we do not expect perfection, but in particular, we do.

Scott Duncan - Waste: Write on board; copy to paper; transcribe to elec doc; have a bunch of people review to check for mistakes, etc.

Tim Ottinger - Between the placebo effect and the hawthorne effect it is hard to know anything about anything involving human beings.

Tim Ottinger - Biggest tip for remote pairing: Latitude hurts, longitude kills. Common hours are helpful. [Actually, a general comment about distributed teams that I’ve heard various places.]

Virginia Satir - Understanding and clarity, not agreement, is what's important in dialogue.


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