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agile42 has created the Enterprise Transition Framework that leads and support an organisation through the process of becoming more Agile
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Kevin Kelly talks with Diego and Joe about his juicy new book, "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future". From AI and VR, to the idea that Kevin's next book probably won't be a book, the conversation is wide-ranging and rich. Find more about Kevin and what he's up to, visit www.kk.org. And, as always, we love hearing from you. Shoot us a note on Twitter, @ideofutures, or via email, futures@ideo.com.
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Agile Contracts: Money for Nothing and Your Change for Free

The Money for Nothing and Your Change for Free strategy has been widely deployed as the basis of most agile contracts.

For More Info: See the Money for Nothing and Change for Free patterns at ScrumPlop.org.
Agile Contracts allow for rapid delivery, quality, and innovation. Traditional contracts can sharply limit, and sometimes forbid, the advantages of Scrum.
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Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. However there’s a catch, Emotional Intelligence won’t do a thing for you if you aren’t genuine.
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Giant Jamboree registration is OPEN. Attend the Giant Jamboree in Boston from October 27-31. Come celebrate your hard work! Registration deadline: August 31. Learn more about the Giant Jamboree. or. REGISTER NOW! Become an iGEM Judge. Evaluate projects, discover new ideas, and share your ...
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Pattern Instead: Sprints for you Brain/Mind
Our working habits were designed for physical labor in an industrial production line, not mental exertion in an office.
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Daniel Kahneman suggests that algorithms can compensate for the frailties of the human mind in management decisions
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The research is unequivocal, according to the father of behavioral economics: When it comes to decision-making, algorithms are superior to people.
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The Feynman Technique, helps you can learn anything faster by quickly identifying gaps in your understanding. It's also a versatile thinking tool.
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We all know what Aristotle said is true: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

And we all know we have cognitive bias http://mentalfloss.com/article/68705/20-cognitive-biases-affect-your-decisions.

We may not know how much our lives are on auto-pilot as David Wilcox' recent post points out http://www.fastcompany.com/3061366/your-most-productive-self/your-brain-is-on-autopilot-more-than-you-think-heres-how-to-wake-i

So, may you find strength to sharpen your resolve and renew your commitment to #discipline.

In the rigor,
Jennifer Sertl

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The four tools of discipline are: delaying of gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth, and balancing. Let's take a look.
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PATTERN SEEKER -- An Explorer of Pattern Languages, Continuous Improvement, Creativity, Systems Thinking ... BEING Human
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Creativity is not a thing.

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What endures is process - dynamic, adaptive and creative!

 - Margaret Wheatley

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead

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Agile/lean process framework advocate (SCRUM) ...and its staggering potential to transform a human organization when implemented in an organic/systemic way while leveraging: the power of purpose and prioritization; collective vision and commitment to continuous improvement; order, structure and pattern languages; rapid prototyping and validated learning; systems thinking; design thinking; self-organizing teams, and truly great leadership.
 ... oh, and this is the 'WHAT'... the 'HOW', like all great things, is very very difficult to achieve and sustain.

People seem to like Steve Jobs... ; ). Here's his take on all of this:

FOCUS AND SIMPLICITY. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it is worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

OR... how about this one from Peter Senge:

THE DANCE OF CHANGE: All movement occurs while it is being inhibited; nothing grows in the absence of limits and constraints.

Lastly, one of my favorites:
LECORBUSIER'S MODULOR SYSTEM: “The primary purpose of external rules should be to strengthen the designers ability to create.” LeCorbusier’s Modulor System (a great example) featured a small number of dimensions that could be combined to create a wide variety of shapes. "A system is not meant to be a hindrance. It is to be used as a tool and should be secondary to the creative design process." LeCorbusier insisted his Modulor was “not a system for design, but for measuring. The system alone could not lead to good design any more than a piano alone can create music.” It is the numbers that are important here. The numbers provide order, and the order will sustain the technical and aesthetic aspects. 
...... he's speaking to architecture; however it relates to much larger systems such as this passage (from above): Don't confuse Control with Order. Nature offers us abundant displays of order and magnificent systems of great scope, complexity, capacity and diversity based on very simple 'pattern languages'... and, don't forget... Nature has accomplished this amid tremendous uncertainty and escalating non-stop change.



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SCRUM MASTER / AGILE COACH / LEAN STARTUP PRACTITIONER / CULTIVATOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FLOW / ACCELERATOR OF HUMAN EFFORT / PATTERN SEEKER
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Scrum, Agile, Lean, Project Management, Creative, Team Leadership, Product Development
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  • Scrum Master / Agile Coach, 2008 - present