Drunken PM

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Drunken Boxing for Project Managers “The main feature of the drunkard boxing is to hide combative hits in drunkard-like, unsteady movements and actions so as to confuse the opponent. The secret of this style of boxing is maintaining a clear mind while giving a drunken appearance.” Yeah... just like that… but with network diagrams and burndown charts… and a wee bit less vodka.
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Podcast Interview with Brent Beer from GitHub on Making Distributed Teams Work

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Just before Christmas I got the chance to interview BrentBeer from GitHub. Brent and I met while we were both at Øredev last November presenting during the conference.

If you aren’t already familiar GitHub, the interview provides a quick overview of it’s capabilities and what it does. If you are a PM and you use Github, Brent is currently working on reaching out to the PM community learn more about of how project managers can leverage source control applications to make their jobs easier.

During the conversations we had in Malmo, one of the most interesting things Brent and I discussed was how GitHub works from a distributed employee standpoint. They are based in San Francisco, but 70% of the staff work remotely. If you are struggling to cope with the challenges of distributed teams, check out the interview to hear some of the ways that GitHub has managed to establish itself as an organization that was able to function in a distributed way.  Brent shares a lot of the critical things that GitHub does to make sure the relationships and interactions are deeply established despite the virtual nature of the organization.

One of the exploding lightbulb moments for me during the interview was at 9:40 in when Brent says that during the previous day he had been “trying not to work”. This struck me because I often struggle with the same thing when I am home, and I wonder if this will be a new challenge distributed organizations have to learn to cope with. When you have a group of highly motivated, energized people who work for your company, and they enjoy what they do so much that the hard part is getting them to stop and take a break, how does that impact sustainable pace? In the same way that teams are sometimes forced to work all night and all weekend, I’m wondering if we may reach a point where we have to stop teams from working all night and all weekend.

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Posted on: January 28, 2014 12:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Øredev 2013 Presentation Videos (My Favorites)

I've written before about how much I value Øredev. One of the best things about the event is that each year they post the videos from the presentations.

Here are a few of my favorites from this year:

Keynotes


Anna Beatrice Scott (@doctoradancer)

Tekhnasthai
 




Denise Jacobs (@denisejacobs)

The Creativity (R)

 

Sessions

Fred George (@fgeorge52)

Implementing Programmer Anarchy


 


Roy “Woody” Zull (@WoodyZuill)

No Estimates: Let’s Explore the Possibilities

Mob Programming
 


J.B. Rainsberger (@jbrains)
Practical Tools for Playing Well With Others
Extreme Personal Finance
Agile Lightning Talks (J.B. Rainsberger, Dave Prior (Me), Woody Zuill




Adrian Howard (@adrianh)
Lean UX: Building Products People Want

 

Angela Harms (@angelaharms)
Does Pair Programming Have to Suck?





Jutta Eckstein (http://www.jeckstein.com/)

The Art of Learning and Mentoring



Jessica Kerr (@jessitron)
Functional Principles for Object Oriented Developers





Kate Sullivan (@DrGorgonzola)
New Frontiers for In-House Legal Practice
 
Posted on: December 26, 2013 12:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lessons from the Yurt Part 2 - Interview with Kathy Compton

Part 2 of my interview with Kathy Compton from Panda Transport
 

Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lessons From The Yurt  - An Interview with Kathy Compton from Panda Transport

Panda TransportThis is one of my all time favorite interviews!
 
Last fall I had the great fortune to meet Kathy Compton and Theirry Holoweck from Panda Transport at the Øredev 2010 conference. One of the really unique things about Panda Transport is that this two person band exists 1/2 in the US and 1/2 in France. In talking to them I realized that those of us who struggle with offshore have a lot to learn from the music world. Kathy has focuses in using vocal techniques and body language as ways  of making herself a more effective performer - to me, this ties directly back to a PMs ability to utilize body language, emotional intelligence, etc. to be more effective in our jobs. This part one of the interview. Part 2 will be posted in a week or so.
 
 

Posted on: February 08, 2011 11:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

ProjectPotion 18 - Dave Goes to Øredev

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