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It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
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I'm swiping Kurt Gödel's New Year's Resolution:

I will keep this Resolution if and only if there exists a proof that I will not keep it.
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Now that I'm reunited with my $35 Android tablet, I realize I'm spending an awful lot of my life flicking my finger to scroll up and down, mostly in the Browser and HTMLViewer.

Am I missing something, or is Android scrolling really supposed to be a form of low-grade torture?
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I facilitated a retrospective with a team in a Large Organization recently.  Right afterward, it occurred to me that the testers, developers, BAs, and SMEs knew what their problems were and how to fix them, and so they'd be much better off with no managers.

I then realized I was describing a self-organizing team.
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Hi +George Paci and thank for sharing!

I agree you are observing a form of self-organising behaviour.

Solutions for many problems - perhaps, as Dr No suggests (hi +nosap ience) - most or all) are generally available within the group of people who are engaged doing the detailed work.

Often, if anything is needed, it's just facilitation ... asking the right questions - making connections, testing ideas to draw conclusions - and building the engagement of the right people in exploring together and arriving at robust solutions.

Sometimes, also, people also can benefit from assistance in describing and explaining problems and solutions to those who have authority to commit necessary resources.

If there is a role for managers, surely it should be this .... but how many can work in that way?

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I finally got around to reading Steven Brill's Time article about the healthcare.gov rescue.  I've seen people quote passages from it that blow their minds, but I hadn't seen this one yet:

That may be why none of the group--even those like Dickerson who had worked for President Obama during one or both of the campaigns and had met him multiple times at campaign headquarters--expressed any surprise or regret that they never got to meet the President.
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What would you do if you knew you couldn't estimate—that estimation was literally impossible?
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Sometimes things are just not worth estimating. If it's a show-stopper bug just fix it. Some people might care how long it takes but it's probably more important to reassure them it's your top priority.

Estimating is still a guess but it's to guide planning decisions. You can do a thought experiment on any inestimable item. If it was 1 day how would it change your plan. If it was 1000 days how would it change your plan. It might help highlight alternatives that are more predictable or demonstrate it's a core part of the project and worth experimenting around to get a better understanding.
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Saw a note on a team's board that the "resources" should put their initials on the card.  Erased "resources", replaced with "people".

Not sure whether I hope people notice or not.
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A resource might be a resourceful person, better than being a person and not being a resource
 :) kidding of course.
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I volunteered to go on a mission to Earth.  The catch is, it's only feasible to send people there, not bring them back.  So I'll be spending the rest of my life on Earth.
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I brought you all with me, in case you hadn't noticed. (By the way, you seem to be adapting very well to your new environment!)
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I've recently discovered Andrew Gelman's blog.  In this post from 2012, he ponders grade inflation over the years.

I saw the kink in the averages and dated it to 1973—the end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.  The worst period of grade inflation immediately precedes the kink, and seems to begin around the time the U.S. started ramping up in Vietnam.

So my explanation: that period of grade inflation is due to professors intentionally trying to keep students in school and out of the draft.  Nobody mentioned this in the comments to Gelman's post.

http://andrewgelman.com/2012/09/22/grade-inflation-why-werent-the-instructors-all-giving-all-as-already/
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Eventually, there will be only two grades at Ivy League schools: A, and Incomplete.

The exception will be Brown, which will have only one grade.
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+Tim O'Reilly ,  identifying one of the problems with building the ACA information systems:

We need a clear rejection of “waterfall” methodologies of project management, which assume that planners can anticipate everything in advance, and replace them with the agile style of development that has taken over in the cloud era.

It's a pity he doesn't extend this insight to the creation of the legislation itself.

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140325160616-16553--they-have-no-use-for-someone-who-looks-and-dresses-like-me
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Most of us are familiar with the following law, either explicitly or implicitly:

Politics makes you stupid.

What everyone seems to miss is its important corollary:

You are not an exception.
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Down with intolerant people!
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    Agile Coach, 2013 - present
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