• Gary Cohen--man in suit and tie speaking on leadership.

Qualities of an Effective Leader

2017-08-15T00:05:37+00:00

What makes someone an effective and strong leader? Is this a skill that can be acquired? These are questions that are often asked about leadership. There are varying perspectives on leadership at the fringes, but at the core there are qualities that are absolutely necessary to be an effective leader. In this issue of Smith [...]

Evolution of the Theory of Evolution

2017-08-04T21:27:36+00:00

It makes one wonder what the evolutionary tree of this idea [the theory of evolution] would look like, were it an organism that could be mapped out by fossil record rather than words. The concept is one that faded nearly into obscurity, only now to be revived with slight mutation. What I personally gather from [...]

In Scrum, Ownership Matters

2017-08-03T18:42:49+00:00 Tags: , , , |

This is an excerpt from Scrum Your Jira!  Get a copy from Amazon.com or Amazon.de. Moving from “Command and Control” to “Innovative Agile Management” “Ownership” describes how a knowledge worker needs to be part of the whole process and not just a specialist in a department. The concept of “business” has changed dramatically since the Industrial Era. The idea [...]

Scrum and Jira: A Love-Hate Relationship

2017-06-11T17:09:10+00:00 Tags: , , , , |

This is an excerpt from Scrum Your Jira!  Get a copy from Amazon.com or Amazon.de. Steps to Bring Your Agile Project Back on Track The ideal way to use Scrum is to have the whole team sit in one room. Usually, the Scrum process is employed by using little stickers, and moving them around on a physical board. Jira [...]

Automate Your Definition of Done

2017-06-15T20:02:45+00:00 Tags: , , , , |

This is an excerpt from Scrum Your Jira!  Get a copy from Amazon.com or Amazon.de. Reduce Repetitive Work by Employing a Smart Workflow I am a fan of automatization. Because I am lazy. That is a good thing, because the human brain should not be used for doing the same thing over and over. At least mine should not. [...]

Scrum: Keep Some Energy in Reserve

2017-03-22T19:51:26+00:00

What is the goal of a Scrum sprint? This is an excerpt from the upcoming book “Scrum with JIRA.” A sprint consists of a number of stories that the team needs to complete, and each story has a number of points assigned to it. But what is the goal of a sprint? Some stories might not [...]

In Scrum, Ownership Matters

2017-03-22T19:25:48+00:00

Moving from “command and control” to “innovative Agile management”   “Ownership” is about how a knowledge worker needs to be part of the whole process and not just a specialist in a department.   The concept of “business” has changed dramatically since the Industrial era. The idea of business as we know it was created [...]

  • Whales swimming in the ocean.

How Whales Change Climate

2017-07-27T19:49:16+00:00

When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if they are allowed to recover, could be seen as a [...]

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