In a rather interesting take on user adoption, Sarah Haase provided two admittedly not-so-simple keys to success: manipulation and motivation.
I read a blog post a while back from Scott Hanselman titled Being a Remote Worker Sucks – Long Live the Remote Worker and as a remote worker myself I found it to be a pretty good synopsis of the benefits and drawbacks of remote work. I have been working remotely for the better part of 4 years now and can definitely relate to some his points.
During an Agile talk by Angela Dugan (@OakParkGirl on Twitter) at ThatConference in Wisconsin (Awesome conference by the way http://www.thatconference.com) I had a bit of a revelation regarding the amount of work that I really get done in a week. I typically work around 55 hours a week…by choice in most cases as I really do enjoy my job but the reality is that around 15 of those hours are normally lost to the interruptions of everyday operations. Please do not think that I am saying that meetings, calls and emails are not important as communication is probably the biggest part of any project but when I plan my work week I am setting myself up for failure over and over again.
For those of us that get to experience the joy of traveling via airlines throughout the United States and beyond, the title of this post should be all too familiar. While sitting in the Cincinnati airport, I had a slight epiphany. I do quite a bit of work from the airport terminal.
I was recently asked about some of the performance reviews I have received in the past, in a good way, or at least I hope that’s the case. I immediately thought about my first performance review when I was in the US Army. I have to admit that I was furious with my review. I only received top rating on one of five categories and my 19 year old ego could not handle such a blatant injustice.
AgileandBeyond was full of great sessions but my favorite session of the day had to be my fellow Buckeye Todd Kaufman’s Metrics that Matter follow on Twitter @toddkaufman. Todd started the session by asking how many of us in attendance were developers and much to my surprise about 75% of the room raised their hands. He then asked how many of us were involved in the business operations and only about 30% of the hands in the room went up. Just for the record I raised my hand on both occasions. Upon seeing the results he noted that this is part of the issue with developing relevant metrics, developers tend to see themselves as outside of the business process even though they are part of the business process.
Mr. Denning received the most impressive round of applause at Agile and Beyond after his “60 second” presentation of his speech. It was one of the best introductory portions of a keynote I have seen at a conference. He managed to give a great overview of his speech that allowed those of us in attendance to follow along with his actual speech as if we had heard it before and that tends to make things “stick” a little longer for those of us whose brains are going a million miles an hour 24/7.