If you haven’t tried the Marshmallow Challenge you’re missing out!

Thanks to Tom Wujec’s Marshmallow Challenge, you’ll find lots of examples online of people who have experimented with it in various settings whether at school or at work. (See some of the links below). It’s a powerful technique for learning and working as Continue reading If you haven’t tried the Marshmallow Challenge you’re missing out!

If you are not Pair Programming you are missing out!

Why would you have 2 ‘resources’ pair up to write code for the same task? Why would you have a developer spend half their time writing and updating unit tests? Why would you spend hours using test-driven development to fix Continue reading If you are not Pair Programming you are missing out!

Teaching From The Back of The Room: Agile Manifesto Principles

It’s been a couple of years since I got introduced to Sharon Bowman’s excellent book: “Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn” (Amazon or Indigo). It’s a fantastic book for anyone Continue reading Teaching From The Back of The Room: Agile Manifesto Principles

“The Rong way to do Agile” Videos

I love these videos, thanks to Atlassian. It reminds me of Ilan Goldstein’s excellent blog: “Fragile Agile – Scrum antipatterns and pitfalls to watch out for!” Sometimes during coaching or training, I found them useful to lighten the mood but Continue reading “The Rong way to do Agile” Videos

Interesting snippets

Here are some snippets of interesting quotes/topics/articles that I have come across: Agile: Excellent summary by Henrik Kniberg on What Agile is (and isn’t). Leadership: How to Build a Leader by Steve Keating: “Good leaders build strong followers. Great leaders Continue reading Interesting snippets

Quality minefield in a world where “everything is software!” – Looking back at the 2003 summer blackout

Do you remember where you were on Aug. 14, 2003? It feels like a long time ago, but I got reminded of what it was like back then. In fact a number of articles in the papers highlight the drama Continue reading Quality minefield in a world where “everything is software!” – Looking back at the 2003 summer blackout

Quality minefield in a world where “everything is software!” – Our future

This is a follow-up to my other post: Quality minefield in a world where “everything is software!” – Looking back at the 2003 summer blackout. During the first Gulf War, the Patriot Missile System had a bug in its time Continue reading Quality minefield in a world where “everything is software!” – Our future

Agile enthusiasts in demand – Evolution of Job Roles?

Earlier in the summer, I was fortunate to attend The Coaching Stance workshop with Lyssa Adkins & David Darst which took place prior to the Ottawa Agile Coach Camp.  As you may know, Lyssa wrote a great book on Coaching Agile Teams. One Continue reading Agile enthusiasts in demand – Evolution of Job Roles?

Workshop on tips for financial survival through university… From a Big Brother

I had put together a workshop for a local community service group geared towards providing an overview on financial survival tips for those planning on going to post-secondary education. Here are the slides for the first version of my workshop. Continue reading Workshop on tips for financial survival through university… From a Big Brother

Savings for the next generation – Reusable Water Bottles

During the month of Ramadan I had started a new program at my local Masjid called:  “Savings for the next generation – Reusable Water Bottles.” The program started about half way through Ramadan and it lasted for about 15 days until Continue reading Savings for the next generation – Reusable Water Bottles