Sunday, January 05, 2014

Culture Hacking

Ran across a couple of presentations that are relevant to building team culture, especially for virtual work groups. The first is a keynote by Jim McCarthy. I've been a long-term fan as he wrote a great book. See Pre-Agile Ideas: Jim McCarthy Videos for more. Here is the link to his keynote:

Culture Hacking
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/culture-hacking-singapore

Some interesting quotes (he's very quotable) and take-aways:

  • Get women involved! Technical teams lack diversity.
  • "I'm not a real historian, but I like stories from history"
  • "great editorial wall of China"
  • "everything you do should be art"
  • "team = product"
  • Feeilings are "mad, sad, glad, afraid"
  • "any process will work with presence"
  • Book: Flow (P.S.)
The other presentation that is full of tips for running virtual teams based on experience at InfoQ itself:

Culture and Happiness in Virtual Teams
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/culture-happiness-virtual-teams

Some interesting observations:


Some questions from my experience:

Do daily or twice weekly (Tue/Thu) virtual standups work well when there are language barriers? Sometimes written communication is more effective.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Evils of Multi-tasking and Personal Kanban

Great presentation (30 minutes) on why multitasking is poor for productivity and how personal Kanban (and Kanban in general) works.

There is a great short exercise at the beginning of the video that illustrates the cost of context switching.

The Evils of Multi-tasking and How Personal Kanban Can Help You (by Sandy Mamoli)
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/multi-tasking-personal-kanban

Kanban in a nutshell: 1) visualize your work flow, 2) limit your WIP

I'm experimenting with a personal Kanban board made using a 30" x 20" project board:


The Pomodoro Technique is also discussed (http://pomodorotechnique.com/). I'm experimenting with a

Pomodoro App on my iPhone