Author: tkamens

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How our bodies and minds react to change, even when the change is good.

Introducing change is never easy.  People are accustomed to the way they work, even if there could be more productive ways to do things.  The deeply ingrained habits and processes in companies can lead to major resistance when attempting to…

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When does 25 – 8 not equal 17?

Just NoticingSaturday morning I was on my bicycle, training for the Pan-Mass Challenge.  We were making our way through some back roads and I realized how out of shape I was as I struggled to keep up with by friends.  I had…

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What is your Highest Priority?

Consumer Reports Withdraws Its Tesla Model S RecommendationAt first glance, people see the headline from Consumer Reports above and think that Tesla has some really big problems.  Their car was just downgraded by Consumers Reports and their stock took a hit.  In their…

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From Shock to Acceptance – Where do you and your team fall on the Grief cycle?

Tuesday, 8:30am - Scrum TrainingYou see it on your calendar - "Tuesday, 8:30am - Scrum Training" and you get pangs in your stomach.You have been creating software for a few years now and things have been going OK.  Your team…

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Measuring agile success

Measuring Agile Success:  A look at MetricsIn the just released VersionOne 9th Annual State of Agile Survey,  they asked how people measure success on a day-to-day basis. Respondents provided 23 different answers, and the number one selection was Velocity (59%) followed by Iteration burndown (51%) and Release burndown (39%).Half…

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Commit. You’ll figure it Out!

Commit.  You'll Figure it outThis past weekend, August 4th and 5th, I rode in the Pan Mass Challenge along with 3 friends.  The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that…

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Feeling the Pain

Do they Know It's Christmas?In 1984 Band Aid released the song "Do they Know It's Christmas?" to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. The song went on to become a huge hit that year and was instrumental in raising…

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How will you use your 20 seconds?

I recently started working out. I would say again, but when the last time you worked out was more than 10 years ago, I think you just go with "started". One of the routines I did yesterday on the bike…

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It’s too hard

As an Agile Consultant, one of the hardest parts of my job is in helping others realize that there is a better way to build software. The Scrum methodology speaks for itself, but getting others to change is one of…

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Breaking the dysfunctional team

I recently read the book "The FIVE Dysfunctions of a Team" written by Patrick Lencioni. The author provides insight into the workings of a Team and what has to be done to ensure that the Team works together towards it's…

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