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I think we are doing open office space wrong this article seems to confirm it.
America's office workers have an astonishing thing in common with supermax prisoners, and you won't believe what it is.
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Valentines day, have a good day everyone.
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Let's play a game
I am feeling a little ornery today.  Why don't we play a game.  Come up with the most pretentious and over the top title you have seen for an agile profession.  
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There's all kinds of hipster sort of terminology I've heard.  Rock Star developer is one of them, though it's become a pejorative from the people I've heard it from.  Personally I hate hate hate the whole "ninja" thing.  

I think there's a reason for it though.  One answer is it could be a reaction to the sort of "get the cookie" programming that I see a lot of the time.  I run into developers who just want to "make it work", and make really ugly hacks, and don't think about maintainability.  They work quickly, but you discover horrible hacks in their code later on, especially after they're gone.  A good case for code review. 

So maybe the ninja, rockstar, etc classification is an attempt to distinguish quality, though done in an annoying too-cool-for-school sort of way.  

I definitely think we have a problem describing what KIND of developer someone is though.  I've seem many businesses actually think of developers as "fungible".  I've heard people from Accenture refer to developers as "factory workers", which also connotes people as commodities.

I have seen one descriptive term that's helpful.  Heads up vs Heads down.  Heads up wants to see the larger picture, and think about the problem in a broader context and make sure they're solving the right problem.  Heads down wants to concentrate on high performance, algorithms, and doesn't want everything well defined.  Both are very useful people, but they're strikingly different ways of dealing with software.  

Of course, with any divide you don't have to fit squarely on one side or the other, but it's an interesting mental model to think about where your skills lie.  Unfortunately I don't think this idea of thinking of the world is very common.  I've only seen it in perhaps a small number of job postings.  Frustating, really.
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I never liked tipping
But seems pretty clear now that it is undemocratic and does not cause good service.
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Me showing a little Redbird love over the weekend.
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So what does a scrum master do
When people ask me what a scrum master does, I should send them this article.  It is weird going to a family function and having to explain this over and over.
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Excellent article on what a scrum master should be doing and why it should be a person 100% dedicated to the role
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Talking about failure on the blog
This week I want to talk about failure and what it means to me.
This is a epic fail. I am a professional Scrum Master and entrepreneur.  When I tell others about this, they have a perception of me as a hard charging success junky.  The reality is more complex and depressing.  This week on...
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There are so many things to say on failures. Consider the cost of the failure, in a shipped product it's pretty high, in a sprint demo it's low. And plan for failure too or else the only plan you'll have is complete disaster. Don't ever tell me something can not fail unless there are several ways to recover from failure
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How do 17 people not like this? What, words too big?
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Sometimes you just have to say Whatever.
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Where's the negative symbol? #justsaying #whatever! #:D
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In a standoff with a rattlesnake, the California ground squirrel stares down its opponent. It might kick sand at the snake, whipping its fuzzy tail back and forth in a “come and get me” taunt. The snake lounges and the squirrel leaps into the air, twisting its furry body like a ninja. The squirrel successfully dodges the attack and warns fellow squirrels of the snake with its display. Continue reading →
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  • Illinois State University
    Communications, 1988 - 1990
  • University of St. Francis
    Management, 2008 - 2011
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