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50% Wrong

Try to Be 50% Wrong from Both Sides

When extremists on both sides claim that you’re 50% wrong, you can feel confident that you’re probably right where you should be. V...

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The Big-Ass View on Competency (video)

Here's a video of a talk I did at the Norwegian Developers Conference. The talk is about different ways of developing competence in a...

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T-Shaped People

I love specialists. But specialization has its problems. It can lead to bottlenecks when specialists are unable to cope with demand, and ...

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Standards: Grow Them, Don’t Make Them

Every time I’m in the United States I waste time on physical and mental conversions of standards. I convert all transactions from dolla...

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OK, Let’s Talk About Certification

Like many agile software development evangelists I am somewhat skeptical toward people taking pride in their certificates. In my experien...

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Managing vs. Coaching vs. Mentoring

In many organizations people are used to the idea that functional managers are responsible for assisting people with their personal devel...

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Optimize the Whole = Measure at All Levels

We know that measuring (and awarding) the wrong things in a system leads to nasty side-effects. And we know that self-organization allows...

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7 Approaches to Competence Development

While preparing for various speaking engagements, I once contacted a person who specialized in representing professional speakers. I sent...

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No Maturity Models, But Individual Competence

There are dozens of maturity models in the world of software development and in other business environments. But I find the concept of ma...

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Fix the Small Problems First

My home desk is a mess. When I look around me I see books, magazines, invoices, glasses, a hideous little white Christmas tree from three...

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The Success of the Agile Memeplex

I was writing this text right after Christmas, one of the most successful examples of mass delusion of all time. It is a time of the year...

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Abolish All Rules! (Be Scared and Safe)

It struck me several times that the flow of traffic at the Hofplein in Rotterdam, one of the busiest roundabouts in my city, is better wh...

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