I believe that any ‘independent consultant’ or type of individual is an entreprenuer. It takes guts, gumption, and desire to go off on your own and build your own brand and take on all the risk. It’s scary and rewarding at the same time. Like driving 140+mph on a motorcycle. It’s scary but thrilling at the same time (not that I’ve ever done that…).
Entrepreneurs also have great ideas… good entrepreneurs share those ideas with others to get feedback. Sometimes though, you need a bit of a Non Disclosure Agreement to keep things kosher. How about a ‘lite’ version?
www.friendda.org – Love it. Perfect for using when you have an idea to share with others. Some highlights (italics mine) below:
This agreement is entered into this ___ day of ___ 20__ by and between _____________ (hereinafter “The Advisor”) and _____________ (hereinafter “The Keeper of the Idea” or “I”) regarding information The Keeper of The Idea is choosing to share with The Advisor (hereinafter “The Idea”).
WHEREAS I possess a bright idea that I am choosing to disclose to you, The Advisor, with the mutual understanding that you are my friend and that you will not screw me.
Manners of screwing include, but are not limited to:
This is a “warm blanket” agreement with which, by requesting your agreement to it, I am helping myself sleep at night by placing a small amount of formality on the sharing of The Idea. I believe The Idea will only improve as a result of having solicited your honest and clear feedback.
The term of this agreement shall continue until The Idea is no longer confidential.
This agreement has absolutely no legal binding. However, upon breach or violation of the agreement, I will feel free to do any of the following:
Sharing of some or all of The Idea with third parties may occur provided that you have cleared this with me and the third parties agree to the principles of the FriendDA.
Termination of this FriendDA can be executed by either party, but don’t be a douche.
You are acknowledging and agreeing to this disclosure by reading it. If you find any part of this agreement uncomfortable or confusing, don’t sweat it. We’ll talk about something else.
What Agile buzzwords have you heard on the street that kind of just irks you?
[I was recently asked what my journey to become a CST was like. So like an Agile blogger, I told them to wait for it to post on AgileScout.com 🙂 ]
The path to becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) is one of the most arduous yet rewarding experiences I have ever gone through (and I spent 7 years in Master’s programs!). It has not only stretched me, but brought about a greater understanding of “mastery” of a craft, that, no matter how good you ‘think’ you become at something, you can always improve, become better, learn more, and grow as a person.
The day you stop learning is day you become ineffective in your work.
I began my journey to becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer back in early 2009 when I began my investigation into the process and started collaborating with other CST’s about co-training opportunities. This was a time when the CST application process was evolving (and still is) and the requirements and application process wasn’t fully fleshed out. I, at the time, had been in my 8th year as an independent Enterprise Agile Coach and felt like the CST was the right way to go. I had completed my Certified ScrumMaster designation and my Certified Scrum Professional designation previously.
In early 2009 I had my first co-training opportunity with a fellow Agile coach. They went very well. I was stoked. I was excited. I had gotten a great review and was given priceless advice on how to become better. I felt like the CST was fast becoming a reality. I flew out to meet my 2nd co-trainer and we trained together. Another great workshop. I felt great… Then:
A full year later, I still had yet to co-train with other coaches and trainers. My client list was full, my schedule was so tight that it became apparent to me that I may not be able to finish this race due to scheduling conflicts and overall timing not to mention funding from the CFO of my house (wife). I was burnt out, tired, and a bit frustrated.
It was all about the timing. It just didn’t seem to work. So what did I do? I made the tough choice to lighten my client load (OUCH! SCARY!) so I could open up opportunities to co-train. I made the time available, I reached out to friends and fellow Agile coaches for time slots, and I invited Agile coaches to come train with me at my client sites. I patiently prayed that the opportunities would come… and they did.
After a full 3.5 years I completed it… The road to becoming an official CST was complete… but the journey forward has just begun. YES!
It’s Version One’s 7th year conducting the Annual ‘State of Agile Development’ Survey and they are feeling the itch to give away a MacBook Air 11, two new iPads and some Amazon gift cards. Might be your lucky day to win!
Just give it 10 minutes of your time to share your experiences with agile. Participants get access to the data before anyone else. These results have delivered valuable insight and agile success to the more than 20,000 software professionals who have taken the survey since its inception.
Don’t miss out! The State of Agile Survey is now open and will run through September. Go to www.AgileDevSurvey.com to participate.
[FREE SWAG? 10 Minutes? I’m down.]
“If something good happens [at your client], take credit.” – Don Gray
You can’t please everyone. We often hear that sometimes the best career move someone made was a move made for them… getting fired… in turn it jumpstarted their career.
Maybe, for you, reader… the best thing you can do is make a BIG change. Life is short. Too damn short. Take smart risks. Try the un-tried. Do something fantastic.
[No, I didn’t really get fired, and this email-snippet lacks a lot of context… but yes, my client DID write this…in jest]
Where have YOU needed to make a change… Or what happened? Please share with us!
You know you have solid hiring requirements built out when you only hire “NINJA-GRADE SOFTWARE ENGINEERS.”
“Welcome to our Fortune company, Ninja. We’re ready for you to kick ass.”
Hanging out with another Agile coach and we were discussing whether Agile is, at the end of the day, just lipstick on a pig for most companies.
Is implementing Agile at large enterprises an endeavor doomed to fail for most companies?
Ah say, wut cannn be dun?
HAPPY 4TH of JULY for ALL you AMERICANS!
Now… go eat some PIG… or COW. 🙂
I recently had a dinner after a long day with a client. I let the steakhouse I was dining at know that I would be ‘shacking’ up for a while. They said “Ok… … …” And so I did.
What was most amazing during this time was that halfway through my lobster and steak dinner a random woman came up to me and asked:
“Hey, are you a ScrumMaster???”
Woah. I was super impressed! Then we had a great conversation. She knew I was doing SOMETHING agile… because of the sticky notes. Duh.
Agile coaches really need stock in 3M. We could game the market.
WHAT YOUR PM SAYS:
“I’ll check with the team to see if we can squeeze that change into the current release.”
WHAT YOUR PM REALLY MEANS:
“I’ll check to see whether the lead developer will say “no” or “hell no.”
WHAT YOUR PM SAYS:
“I think it would be beneficial to streamline the requirements and redefine the user stories.”
WHAT YOUR PM REALLY MEANS:
“These user stories strung together read like the plot of “The Hangover II.”
WHAT YOUR PM SAYS:
“This delivery schedule appears to be very aggressive.”
WHAT YOUR PM REALLY MEANS:
“We can meet your timeline if HR will sign off on letting us chain the development staff to their desks and beat them with sticks until the 15th of the month.”
And you thought you knew everything you needed to know after you learned perl, C++, C#, php, ruby, and even a bit of cocoa… but you were wrong indeed, sir.
Enter LOLCODE. Your next new adventure.
I put on my LoLerskates and started to code it out. You should to.
AgileScout.com is announcing their new premier certification program from the University of Agile.
Atlanta, GA – April 1, 2012 – AGILESCOUT Inc. [NYSE: AGILE] AgileScout.com announces their new certification through the University of Agile, established through accredited university partners Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Demand Is Growing for Certified Agile Bloggers
Many project professionals are seeing the demand for Agile bloggers to talk more and blog more about Agile related stuff. Thus we are eager to announce that you can now become a Certified Agile Blogger.
Organizations Are Embracing Agile
Like a shotgun approach, organizations who use Agile techniques in managing projects have documented the value they see from its practice:
I’m not political on my blog. But for some reason google keeps showing me Rick Santorum when I’m googling around for scrum-related-search-stuff-that-I-do. #huh?
On another note, I get a lot of #LEAN searches that are completely bogus. Well, what do you expect from our up-and-coming-highly-educated-twitter-philosophers:
I’m somewhat saddened that I haven’t taken more pictures of guys who look just like Steve Jobs.
I swear, I’ve seen at least… 3-4 men who look exactly like him since his passing.
(Get it?… GET IT???… SCRUM-diddly… … … meh)
I did however code while listening to this for a bit. Wasn’t bad for white noise for coding-dojo time.