There aren’t many people from college I keep up with anymore. Just a few close buddies that I spent almost every day of life with for a few years. After graduation, we would call often, even do group calls to laugh at each other. Then when one of us would get engaged or have a […]
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When exploring a word, I often use the definition according to Merriam-Webster. It’s nice to start at the original intent of a word and step forward. And for the first time in forever, I couldn’t locate a word. I found refactoring on Wikipedia when referencing its combination with software. Developers know how to use the […]
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“When you drop any new idea in the pond of the world, you get a ripple effect. You have to be aware that you will be creating a cascade of change.” — Joel A. Barker I love kick off week. New starts always gives me a jolt. Everyone’s filled with hope, or at least a desire […]
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“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson Love that quote from the greatest boxer of my childhood. Tyson punched the first 19 plans he faced in the mouth, 12 in the first round. Those opponents were left wondering what happened to all the months of training and preparation. In […]
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His frustration filled the room so quickly that our large common area in the office suddenly felt tiny. Story after story about the situation his team is currently in came rapid fire. The words held an uneasy balance between anger and exasperation. These were the words of someone who knew exactly what was going on, […]
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Imagine you’re at a crosswalk in your city. There are people all around you, hustling and bustling through their day. The signal indicated that it’s time to cross, but in the middle of your traverse two people bump into each other and start ballroom dancing. It happens not once, but several times. All sorts of […]
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There are a lot of things we are striving to be tolerant of in our society today. Terrorism, race, religion, immigration, marriage, and a bevy of other topics manage to flood our news stream and ask for consideration. Passionate advocates for either side of the subject manage to artfully articulate points. Each one presents the same […]
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Growing up in my small, Texan town, I didn’t really have a care in the world. I played with G.I. Joe figures and crude lightsabers, but the world around me was very serene. Half a world away, Zainab Salbi was faced with a much different environment in Iraq. As a child, “I woke up in […]
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Discernment, noun: The ability to judge well. With it’s roots in 13th Century Latin, then a hundred years later in French, the word discern means to separate something. As the word has evolved, the concept of doing it correctly has been added. Think of your pasta noodles when they have finished cooking. Discerning your noodles means […]
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There are a few things the Agile community can set it’s clock by every year. Everyone who can will gather in one place for the Agile Alliance’s yearly conference. The Global Scrum Gathering always manages to get everyone together with a little more focus. Both are on my bucket list, and hopefully I can make it […]
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