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Brilliant! #pokemon #entrepreneurship

Translation: "The entrepreneur of the year! Took advantage of the PokeStop at her house to setup a PokéStop Shop. $200 a day! #PokémonGO"

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¡La emprendedora del año! Aprovechó la Poképarada de su casa para montar una PokéStop Shop. ¡200$ al día! #PokémonGO · Embedded image. 4:30 AM - 21 Jul 2016. 530 Retweets547 Likes. Reply to @pokemaster_es. Replies. Carrascosa · Jul 21. Carrascosa @Carrascosa_plus. @pokemaster_es qué bueno! Jaja.
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Do you think a vote for a third-party won't matter? The electoral college and math say it could.
 
I don't want to talk about U.S. politics. I want to talk about math. Or rather, I want to talk about politics through the lens of math. Don't worry, this is pretty simple math.

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?
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Alexis is so photogenic!
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Are you going to Agile 2016? Members of this community that are going should do a meet-up!

Post a comment here if you are going. We can plan a meet-up during the conference.
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Gosh. I won't be there. I bet it's going to be a hoot, though.
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Don't cause confusion, be proud!

"We practice Scrum. We don't do retrospectives. We don't have anything to improve."

Good for you! You are not practicing Scrum if you are not doing retrospectives. So, be happy with what you are doing, if you and your customers are happy. Don't call it Scrum.

"We practice Scrum. Every Sprint we have work items that roll over into the next Sprint. It's not a big deal if we don't get them done and they roll over."

I'm glad for you! You are not practicing Scrum if you are regularly not meeting your Sprint plan and are not striving to be predictable. So, be happy with what you are doing, if you and your customers are happy. Don't call it Scrum.

"We practice Scrum. We don't have a ScrumMaster. We don't think we need one. We are doing fine without that role."

I'm pleased for you! You are not practicing Scrum if you don't have a ScrumMaster. The Scrum guide says you must have a ScrumMaster. So, be happy with what you are doing, if you and your customers are happy. Don't call it Scrum.

"We practice Scrum. We have variable Sprint lengths according to the amount of work we need to do. Sometimes they are a week long. Sometimes they are six weeks long. Sometime we plan for four weeks but have to extend a few days."

I'm tickled for you. You are not practicing Scrum if you have variable length Sprints. Scrum defines a few time boxes and asks that you follow them. So, be happy with what you are doing, if you and your customers are happy. Don't call it Scrum.

I am not a Scrum fanatic. I like Scrum and think it is powerful. I don't like when people don't follow the definition of Scrum and yet claim the name. Causing confusion for others as to what Scrum means is not helpful. Stand up for what you believe and do. It's OK to not follow Scrum if what you are doing is acceptable to you. Be proud of your unique way of working so we can all learn from it!
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Yep.

The terminology is all whacked. It's very difficult as an outsider trying to figure out up from down.

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*Question:*​ How do you teach a team to work in a collaborative way?

​*Context:*​ As a coach I often spout the word ​_collaboration_​ at teams. “You should work collaboratively.” “Just collaborate on the problem.” Great. If the team has never worked in a collaborative way and the culture is one of following orders, they don’t know how to collaborate. They might think I’m asking them to send more emails to each other or put more documents on SharePoint. It is not helpful for me to tell them to do something but not show them how to do it.

​*Goal:*​ Spend one hour with the team. By the end of the hour they will have learned the difference between collaboration and other ways of working like cooperation and coordination. And by the end of the hour they will have ​_experienced_​ collaboration in some small way.

What are some ways you might meet this goal? What are some resources you would use or exercises that would work? I have some ideas, yours might be better.

My ideas start from here: http://www.solutionsiq.com/achieve-true-collaboration/
Find out what true collaboration really means and how agile practices help create an environment where collaboration is truly possible.
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Eben Halford makes an interesting point in his team presentation (https://www.infoq.com/presentations/team-groups-culture): if you want a team to collaborate, give it team-size tasks, don't chop it down into small bits that individuals can handle. The bigger size encourages the team members to collaborate to be able to tackle the task.
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Value of a PMO?

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?
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Somebody told me something really wise once, and like all really wise things, it sounds kinda stupid. Facile.

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.
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So many amazing moments of beauty and power, one after the other! The next one hits so fast there's little time to process what was just shown. Wow.
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Are you going to be there? Let's at least say hello!
 
Are you going to Agile 2016? Members of this community that are going should do a meet-up!

Post a comment here if you are going. We can plan a meet-up during the conference.
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I won't be there but I would not be surprised if our scrummaster is there.
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I have an iPhone 5 with a broken screen that needs to be replaced. Can you recommend a place to have this done? East Valley, please.
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Yesterday's afternoon thunderhead that joined others to give lots of rain last night. The thunder was fun. 
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Impressive looking storm cloud.  Here in Colorado we have been into our summer weather pattern of almost daily late afternoon and evening thunderstorms, which makes for fun cloud watching.
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An Agile Coach with and embedded software engineering past. A father in love with his wife and family. A man on a mission to experience what I can learn next and how I can help others grow too.

I enjoy photography on the side, a somewhat neglected hobby of late. 
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Agile Coach with BigVisible Solutions, Software Engineer, Ignite Phoenix Team
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    Agile Coach, present
  • Dayley Agile, LLC
    Principal Agile Coach, 2010 - 2012
  • Smart Storage Systems
    Senior Customer Engineer, 2009 - 2012
  • Adtron Corporation
    Staff Software Engineer, 2000 - 2009
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