An opportunity has arisen for me to travel to the United States to help out with a large transformation using Scrumban (combining Scrum, Agile and Lean Kanban). CodeGenesys a company that specializes in consulting in this area has invited me to come over and help out with the transformation at a large Health Insurance company. CodeGenesys also make a online visualization board called ScrumDo which I have written about in the blog articles Managing work with ScrumDo – Part 1 and Managing work with ScrumDo – Part 2.
About Agile still operates and the courses and training are still available. They will be available on an as needed basis in Australia and elsewhere and will be subject to my availability. So inquiries are still welcome. I hope to give training in the United States as well. I will look to schedule public classes again after settling down in the US and the picture becomes clearer.
My relationship with CodeGenesys will be a symbiotic relationship. I hope to learn a lot from my secondment to the US and spread new knowledge on my return back to Australia. Training from CodeGenesys will be combined with the About Agile courses to offer a greater suite of courses.
These will combine with consulting and coaching to provide a full array of services to help out with transformations and ongoing improvement efforts.
My time in the US will be at least 6 months and depending on conditions could go on for longer.
Please stay in touch through my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. I tweet through the handle @n_zdunic.
A few weeks ago a friend pointed out a spot on my shoulder that looked a little odd to her. I just thought it is was a freckle. If it weren’t for her I would have ignored it.
Do you have a spot like this? When magnified they look worse. See the color difference?
It turns out that I went and had it checked – it’s in the picture above. The doctor at my local GP practice wasn’t sure either but he suggested erring on the side of caution and we had it cut off and sent for testing. The test results indicated that it was malignant and to take another 5 mm section out. This was done this week and the test results are negative.
My advice for you is avoid long exposure to the sun, especially in Australia. Cover up and use 50+ sun block when in the sun. Use the molescan service or similar checkups to check your spots. Have your friend or partner check for you. Everyone can also take notice of any spots and alert friends and partner’s to anything that looks odd.
I’m not totally out the woods even though the result was negative. There is another spot on my back to be removed and tested. The picture of that one is below.
Be be removed – notice the same sort of uneven discolouration as the first picture?
Most people involved in the development of solutions, be it software or otherwise, don’t get exposed to the customer or get a view of the customer that is filtered through someone else’s eyes like a Business Analyst or Product Manager.
Agile methods recognize that involving everyone in the process is useful to gain insights and empathy toward the customer. For some not used to this it can feel ‘weird’. Who needs this soft stuff.
However knowing the soft stuff is going to help deliver the hard stuff with greater accuracy (not precision).
A tool that assist is the Customer Empathy map that I have attendees to my Fundamentals of Agile course undertake. They don’t feel confident about it, they feel like it’s ‘weird’. However during the course of the exercise they soon pick up on the idea and find out things that they probably would not have thought of otherwise.
Even if the answers feel wrong, persist in this exercise. That feeling of uncertainty or ‘weirdness’ will build to confidence and a feeling that we know more of the purpose of the product that we want to produce.
Hopefully we all feel happier with the end result, customer and supplier alike.
Hans, not his real name, was a colleague I worked with who was wrongly maligned by management and others as well.
He wanted to improve and seek out other areas to be involved in. His style was wrongly interpreted. Management regarded him as someone to have a chuckle about, behind his back. He was told he could get what he wanted but that was just a smokescreen.
When he wasn’t around he would come up as a subject of mirthful derision and ridicule. For instance, “I can’t wait til he finally leaves, ha ha ha” which drew some nervous laughter from others and downright agreement from others.
This was bad behaviour. Why would management not want to encourage someone to become better. Why should his reasonable human reactions be cause for further derision.
Instead of blaming the individual, seek to create the environment and conditions for him and others to further excel. That’s leadership and is sorely missing in many workplace environments.
Mentoring, Training, Support are words that immediately come to mind. Recognition that Hans was misunderstood is a step in the right direction.
Pictured is my collection of Croatian Soccer Jerseys taking up most of the closet – LOL. They don’t get worn and some still have their tags.
But I’m missing some. Can you help me find them. Responses please in the comments. One’s in good condition please.
Here’s a list of Jerseys throughout the years that I know of. The years I have are in bold.
1994 – first accepted into FIFA – but did they have a jersey?
1996 – Used in Euro 1996
1998 – 2000 – although missing the blue away jersey
2002 – 2004
Here’s a snap shot taken from Wikipedia. I think the 1990 one doesn’t look right. It was a smaller check pattern was it not? 1940 would be a rare find I imagine!