a blogblogest 2013

Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Selling Value and Creating Safety

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I did a post last week called ‘Are People Really Afraid To Change’. If you have a minute, go check it out before you read on… we’ll wait… I’ve never been skydiving. Almost went in my early 20’s, but when the time came to go, I didn’t have any money so I had to stay […]

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Accidental Agility

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Thought Exercise One Let’s say for the moment that I am the CIO of a mid-sized company. I have a team of 100 or so people building software. Let’s also say that those 100 people are largely dedicated to 10-15 smaller products, there are few dependencies between those products, and we are currently using traditional […]

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Are People Really Afraid to Change?

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Maybe. Sometimes. But here is my take. I think most people are reasonable. If there is a better way to do something, they’ll consider it. Just because they resist, doesn’t mean they are afraid. It might mean you haven’t made a compelling case. It might mean that they have legitimate constraints that you haven’t taken […]

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Taking a Quick Step Back…

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A few posts ago I mentioned that I roughed in some 20 plus articles I intend to write over the next few weeks. By the time this one goes out, I think you’ll have seen two or three of them. It was interesting to take a step back and see where my head has been […]

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Longing for the Endless Immensity of the Sea

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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery This quote comes up every now and again in agile circles. It’s almost as if we are […]

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