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November 2, 2016 - Comments Off on Agile


"Consider many of the enduring debates: estimates, roadmaps, technical debt, iteration length, team structure, roles, Agile…

Why do we continue arguing about them? Perhaps because they — and the methodologies we create to control them — are symptoms and medicine for those symptoms. Dig deeper!"

John Cutler, Stop Setting Up Product Roadmaps to Fail

July 15, 2016 - Comments Off on fundamentalist


"A fundamentalist is the stupid sumbitch whose theological opinions are considerably to the right of mine.”

- Alvin Plantinga

July 15, 2016 - Comments Off on idealism


"Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."

- John Galsworthy

July 15, 2016 - Comments Off on map vs terrain

map vs terrain

"When the map and terrain disagree, trust the terrain."

- old army saying

June 1, 2016 - Comments Off on Big Data

Big Data

"Big Data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, not many know how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it…" 

— (sort of) Dan Ariely

March 16, 2016 - Comments Off on minimum loveable product

minimum loveable product

"The squad needs to figure out the smallest possible thing they can build to fulfill the basic narrative and delight the users. We need it to be narrative-complete, not feature-complete. Perhaps a better term is Minimum Loveable Product. A bicycle is a loveable and useful product for somebody with no better means of transport, but is still very far from the motorcycle that it will evolve into."

-- Henrik Kniberg, Start with a Skateboard

March 8, 2016 - Comments Off on arithmetic


It is a simple matter of arithmetic that change may be costly to the man who has something; it cannot be so to the man who has nothing. There is always, accordingly, a high correlation between conservatism and personal well-being.

- John Kenneth Galbraith, American Capitalism

March 8, 2016 - Comments Off on words are abstractions

words are abstractions

Still, I think words are abstractions, and abstractions become expressions that frame our understanding of our experiences, expectations, culture—everything. Language is an interface, and if an interface can mold behavior and perception, than language does that to your life.

We need new words so we can talk. We need to talk so we can explore. We need to explore so we can build, and we need to build so we can sustain. We are at the beginning of something good, but we need to take care of it and ourselves so it can keep going, better.

- Frank Chimero, The Inferno of Independence