Translation: "The entrepreneur of the year! Took advantage of the PokeStop at her house to setup a PokéStop Shop. $200 a day! #PokémonGO"
And this isn´t a "new" phenomenon. See this article in "The Atlantic" from 2014:
So, unless there are serious reforms in the police training, not much will change :-(
Alignment and engagement are way under appreciated. Strive to enable these connections over always optimizing efficiency.
And more to the point, I want to talk to the "ANYONE BUT ____" crowd, because denizens exist on either side. If you toe the party line faithfully and feel that the nominee your preferred party has chosen is the best possible choice, you can safely skip this post.
For the disgruntled, the lesser-of-two-evils voter or those who really are sick of politics as usual, you actually can make a difference. But I need to remind you of the harsh reality of the electoral college.
I'm not going to give you a civics class refresher. I'll summarize by this: there are states where it is statistically impossible for the Democrat nominee to win. Wyoming, Oklahoma, Idaho, and West Virginia, for example. There are states where it is statistically impossible for the Republican nominee to win. DC, Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts, for example.
If you're a disgruntled voter in any of those eight states (and several more) holding your nose while voting for the nominee you know will lose... you are wasting your vote.
Yes, I said it. A disgruntled vote for Clinton in WY, OK, ID, or WV will still result in 28 electoral votes for Trump. A disgruntled vote for Trump in D.C. or Hawaii will still result in 20 electoral votes for Clinton. Sorry. That's the electoral college system for you. It's how Americans actually elect a president, rather than by popular vote.
I chose those eight states as the most extreme examples. There are plenty more. And for all of them, it's miracle vs math. Statistically speaking at this point in time (which can change, so stay apprised via the link below before your voting time), your reluctant vote for a candidate you don't really like will not keep the other candidate out of the White House.
But I'm not suggesting you sit this one out. Instead, I'm suggesting you acknowledge reality and cast your vote a direction where the popular vote does matter: To a third party candidate.
Again, I must state that this is only for states where it's miracle vs math. I promise you, Hawaiian small-government loving Conservative, Hillary will win 100% of the electoral college votes for your state. And bad news. social-justice loving Liberal from Wyoming; Donald will win 100% of the electoral college votes for your state. Neither of you can stop those outcomes from happening.
However, Conservatives from Hawaii can safely cast their lot for a future-viable third party. I say safely because of the "winner-take-all" nature of the electoral votes in those states. No, the candidate you vote for won't win your state or the general election (see: "electoral collage" and "this entire article"). But third parties are helped (or more properly stated will be helped) if they gain a sizable portion of the popular vote.
Since I'm talking about math, I have to be honest: The chance of any third party (Lib, Green, etc) getting enough of a percentage this year to gain the matching funds and air time they desperately need to compete in the 2020 election is quite slim. However, those chances are orders of magnitude greater than flipping a dominant "red" or "blue" state to the other color.
Vote smart, everyone. Those of you involved in close electoral college races, best of luck. Beat the drum and get as many people on your side as you can to keep the fascist (I'm sure both candidates have been called that, so I'm staying neutral) our of the white house. But for those of you voting where the outcome is a foregone conclusion... make your vote count, too. Because the graphic below is how the U.S really votes for President.
Image source and a link you should look at before you go to the polls or mail in your ballot: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/ Be an informed voter. Please?
Short on time so I'll be brief. I want to believe that a common pattern of organization is useful.
Many companies have a Project Management Office (PMO). They come under other names, these days: Agile PMO, Agile Center of Excellence, Engineering Governance Office, and so on. Whatever the name, they are usually chartered to "Help teams succeed" and "Provide leadership with data about how the work is doing."
I have never encountered such a group that did not slow the results. At best, they created busy-work of gathering and reporting metrics. At worst, they caused stress and failures by mandating team behavior and rigid processes.
Do you have stories of a PMO-whatever that worked well? Were they valuable to the teams? Valuable to leadership? If so, how?
People like doing what they like to do.
Not only am I good at programming and tech lead work, left to my own devices, I'll end up doing that all of the time. Same goes for everybody. We have aptitude in something, we like doing it, we do it over and over again, and then whatever situation we're in, we end up doing it like we did before.
I'm certainly not saying everybody should be interchangeable! Yikes! But we have to be aware that the problem of roles in an IT organization comes from the people themselves, not the organization.
That's a painful lesson to learn. Ouch.
The only answer here, as far as I can see, is that everybody has to be directly connected up to providing value. They have to have skin in the game. There are no "free passes" Even the CEO should get her butt on the phone once a week, and/or dive down in the code with the web team, to make sure she stays in touch with value definition and creation at the point it occurs -- not from a distance. Heck, I'd argue most of these folks should be part of a team just like everybody else. Maybe their capacity is such that they only have 8 hours a week, but that's a different issue.
I'll pick on coaches again since I is one. (bad grammar joke.) We'll walk into an organization and look at a PMO team. Dang! Wow! Those guys are certainly busy, and it might even take a lot of skill and talent to do what they're doing, but guess what? It's just a paperwork, meaningless exercise. A waste of time.
And they're looking at us thinking the same thing.
In fact, everybody who is not directly creating value looks askance at everybody else who is not creating value. All of these groups end up the way they are because the thing that they're good at and love doing becomes it's own reward. And then you're off the rails.
- Arizona State University
- BigVisible SolutionsAgile Coach, present
- Dayley Agile, LLCPrincipal Agile Coach, 2010 - 2012
- Smart Storage SystemsSenior Customer Engineer, 2009 - 2012
- Adtron CorporationStaff Software Engineer, 2000 - 2009
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