Communication debts and Brazilian office mornings
November 7, 2014
As a programmer I often end up trying to explain non-technical concepts for non-technical people using things that I’ve picked up as a programmer. Often it doesn’t pay off. “Don’t Repeat Yourself” or “Tell - don’t ask” is not always easy to explain or translate. Even if they hold truths and wisdom.
Today I tried to explain Technical Debt to a director of a hospital. That didn’t really work - my mistake. However the Technical Debt metaphor is in turn based on something that most grown-up people understands: financial debt.
Its just an experiment - experiments in practice
October 31, 2014
At my current client we’re starting to work with improvements, as I wrote about before. The things I talk about in that post is small changes, but bigger things we handle on separate lines. For now. That might change.
Today I tried to introduce an idea of experimenting to the team. Let me walk you through it, because I found that by just changing the language a little bit, we got a much better understanding and reduced anxiety. Also I think they all like it.
We are trying to bring our profitability up and hence try to find new ways to serve more customers. In this case there was a suggestion to prolong the opening hours for one department to 1900 on weekdays and keep it open on Sundays too. It’s now closing at 1400 and is not open at all on Sundays.
(Ok, it’s a bit of...
Gods care through the Band Tune Book
October 31, 2014
We break for something different. This is not my normal IT/agile/lean post. It’s about God and his care for me
Happy that you continued to read.
I’ve been having some hard days at work. I was very angry and it affected not only me but also those around me. Also I was being affected physically with dizziness and head ache. For the first time in my life I found it better to go home and cool off a couple of days.
I felt so tired and was beginning to doubt if I’m really doing the right thing. In the right place.
So I did things that pick me up. Playing hymns on my euphonium is one of those things. My playing is closely related to my faith, since I’ve made most religious experiences with my instrument in hand, playing in the most cases.
What happened this time was Gods way...
The "Don''t fear audits and the news"-business methodology - with certification
October 30, 2014
If you lie you have to have great memory
|Goldfish by josullivan.59
used under Creative Commons
That’s a saying I’ve heard in a number of place. I have a terrible memory. Ah, it’s great and everything, but it’s sadly short. So I don’t lie.
I’m to stupid I have to short memory for that.
That’s such a relief! I know that going in. In everything I do. I don’t lie. I play it open. There - now you know too.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that it makes me better. Because since I’m playing it...
The time I found myself wanting stuff waiting...
October 30, 2014
The humble blogger approach - some practical tips
October 29, 2014
I hate fights. And arguments. Hey, even discussions sometimes I find uncomfortable or at least boring.
Note that I try not to be a coward. I stand up for my beliefs and thoughts. But I don’t like to fight about them, that seems very common today. If you wanna pick a fight, just tweet any opinion under the #NoEstimates tag and you see what I don’t wanna.
|:————————————————————————————-:| | | | From XKCD |
I’ve stopped being the guy at the computer...
Embrace uncertainty - the family version
October 27, 2014
The one talk that made the most impact of me have to be “Embrace Uncertainty” by Dan North. If you haven’t seen it…
You’re dead to me Please view it now!
The thing that stuck the most for me in there was the short, and depressing, sentence:
We are rather wrong than uncertain.
Meaning simply that we would rather run with something that we know for a fact to be wrong than to live with uncertainty. We are very uncomfortable with uncertainty. But for those that can embrace it there’s other type of control and “certainty” to be had.
Now… I’m beginning to think that this comes to us from an early age. I’ve done studies… the last one was this Saturday at the mall, with Albert (6).
Here’s the conversation we had at McDonalds:
October 23, 2014
I’m talking a lot about effectiveness and how it difference from efficiency. This probably have to do with two things; first - the difference between these two concepts is at the heart of the lean mindset. The second fact is that I’m Swedish.
Swedish is a very poor language compared to, for example English, that is much richer. If I was to translate the first sentence of this blog post in Swedish you’ll get what I mean:
Jag pratar ofta om effektivitet och hur det skiljer sig från effektivitet
Ah, the poverty! It’s the same word. There’s no difference… in Swedish. I’ve still to understand if that means that Swedes are focused on effectiveness of efficiency.