Category Archives: Society

Just Start It – Teaching the kids of today to become the startup leaders of tomorrow

I want to tell you all about a fantastic educational program that is running in Western Australia called Just Start It.  It teaches young people about lean startup by actually do it.

They learn to take an idea and bring it to market, pivoting to correct any wrong assumptions along the way from feedback they gain for their real products from real customers.

This year was the first year that the program ran with 11 schools taking part and some fantastic entries being created like the Beyond Bullying and Numbox applications.

Next year, Program Leader, Lainey Wesier is looking to take the program further and introduce it to more kids next year.  You know in the future we can’t rely on a generation of job dependents, we want our kids to be creating the opportunities of tomorrow in the classroom.  What a great life experience and a great way to kickstart life!  This can only be motivational 🙂  They build something and build important life skills along the way.

But Lainey, her team and our next generation can’t do this by themselves.  They need help also in the form of dollars.  Yes this sort of thing just doesn’t happen out of free will – there is a lot of that already been given out.  Just Start It have a crowd funding campaign underway and they are looking for your help.  Visit the crowd funding site and give what you can in an investment for the future, a future that will see your sponsorship deliver benefits in so many ways for our next generation and also for yourself.

Just Start It – Yes Lets make it happen!

Visit the site to find out more and hopefully become a sponsor.

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6 Rules According to Arnold

Found this link posted on Facebook by Jeff Grzinić, who has written two books and represented Croatia in cricket after an early childhood setback.  It’s worthy of being presented on my blog.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite his fallibility, has 6 rules for Success.  Something we can all put in the mix ourselves.  Click the picture to view the video in youtube.  I guess he broke the rules the wrong way and failed big time in the recent past, but he’s dug deep to rebuild his life.

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Respectful Conduct?

Was out at Morley Galleria today.  Was asked by some homeless people for money.  I refused.  I thought again.  Read what I left with Coventry Village.  I could have been taken for a ride.  Is that not a symptom of a bigger problem?


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You don’t need to Agree, You have to take Notice

Anyone had a good idea?  Tried to express it?  What happened?

Do you receive a positive response?  Did you get shouted down immediately?

Maybe the response was a bit more sinister and insidious manifesting itself in initial tepid enthusiasm and then degenerating into passive aggressive behaviour like the occasional snide remark.

In the world of software and solution delivery, I’ve learnt the hard way to take everyone’s opinion on board.  That is any idea is a good idea and up for grabs.

Any idea deserves patient and respectful discourse.  Why do we want to do this?

1.  They can save a lot of pain and heartache later.  On many occasions suggestions have been made (by myself and others) only to have more expensive mistakes occur because these ideas and suggestions were not heeded.

2. Being respectful will encourage more ideas so we can avoid point 1.  On the other hand discouragement of ideas will prevent ideas from coming forward.  We should be humble enough to accept any comment and treat it with dignity.  And don’t feign dignity, mean it, you will be found out if you aren’t and you will never attain respect for yourself.

3. And coming off point 2, you gain respect for yourself.  Your colleagues will see you as an equal and therefore feel more comfortable coming to you which in turn gives you trust;

4. Respect and Trust builds true collaboration and from collaboration we can really do great things together.

5. It’s good for your health and the health of others.  This comes from giving up the command and control mentality which creates the stresses on ourselves and on others.

6. Good health encourages more quality thinking.  You’ve accepted their suggestion they feel good.  You feel good for taking it on.  You’ve got past that feeling of lost control – others have control as well – a shared control.

7. It helps with the bottom line.  Point 1 illustrates what are real tangible examples.  Other examples are less sick days.  Improved productivity are quantifiable as well.

8. The most important thing, happiness is increased.  That 8 hours spent of the day at work should be a happy feeling.  No more Mondayitis, man flu etc.  Let’s enjoy all of it.

Summary

At any level we should accept ideas for improvement.  Try to mitigate our natural and human tendency to immediately disregard the opinions of others.  “you don’t need to agree, you have to take notice” is the mantra I live by.

For more – take a look at the Toyota Way,  Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet, Lean Software Development by the Poppendeicks, Peopleware by Tim Lister and Tom DeMarco, Slack by Tom DeMarco, Agile Coaching and works in Systems Thinking.  All of these are related and intertwined.

Hopefully I will write some more about this and similar topics and even update this post 🙂