Time for Change

Resistance is Futile

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Dear World,

This may be the most heartfelt post I’ve put down on this site in a long long while. I’ve sorry I’ve been gone so long my much beloved Agile community! I’ve been on the grind, helping clients build wonderful software, working with some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve trained thousands on better techniques in software development practices, spoken in multiple continents and locations built with dreams. I’ve made so many friendships and so many long lasting relationships. Again, I’m sorry I’ve been gone.

The wonderful joys of training and coaching Agile!

The grind is heads down. And for those that know, I crush work. I work hard at my craft. I love that part of the learning process. I love what I do, sincerely, and as I told my boss and my team at one our team meetings, “I feel so good when I help people in companies achieve the impossible.”  – Well, it’s time to do the impossible myself. It’s about damn time.

I’ve always had a passion for video games my entire life. It’s been something that never has left me. Even as I went through all my education becoming a trained scientist, 3 Masters Degrees, building startup companies, failing epically, getting lucky with two wonderful acquisitions, marrying the best woman in the world and having 2 perfect children, and lastly, continuing to change the world the best way I can 1 by 1 person at a time in large and small companies… I always go back to games as my way to unwind… sort of.

It’s Not Complicated

Most everyone I know, sees me as either 1 of 3 things:

  • Scientist and Agile Consultant
  • Startup Entrepreneur
  • Car Enthusiast
@Codescience RULES!

The better part of my career has been applying the learnings as an organizational scientist to help companies build products and services using the philosophy of Agile and it’s various frameworks. I always consider myself a scientist first. Solving complex problems has always been something I excelled at. I can see patterns in systems and enjoy solving them even more. This career has been more than fulfilling, even punching out a book on it in 2012 with the largest business book publisher in the world. I have achieved not only wonderful success but been a part of my clients success time and time again. That feeling… can never fade. Ever.

Engineering in the blood.

I also love automotive engineering. Which, shouldn’t take you too long to realize why. I love solving problems. I love creating beautiful machines that I can enjoy on track and on the road. There is almost nothing more fulfilling in seeing your own work in something that only you can enjoy more than anyone in the world. It’s yours. 100% Yours. As I look at the automotive wonders before me in my garage, the question always moves to: “How do I increase downforce? // How do I maximize air flow? // Let’s try different codes to change chip settings in my car to make it faster? // etc etc.” I love building. I love inventing. I love learning. It’s in my God-given DNA.

It’s Complex

I love solving complex problems. I love helping others do it. I teach them how. I walk with them as they find amazing realizations, not only about how to build products better, but realizations about themselves. How they can not only better themselves, but also achieve the desires of their employer. How they can find inner strength and courage to take responsibility, be accountable, speak truth, and grow personally in leaps and bounds. It is an amazing sight. It really is. It’s the best.

I also work with the best colleagues in the entire Agile world. Believe me when I say it. I’ve found myself side-by-side with some of the ‘luminaries’ and ‘gurus’ in the business. I’ve never been overly impressed. The people I work with at my company, Agile for All, are the smartest, the most creative, and passionate Agile coaches in. the. world. I wouldn’t have joined them if they weren’t the best.

Words like: Sprint, cadence, scrum, xp, agile, retrospectives, reviews… they all come to mind.

More powerful words come to mind: Execute quickly. Learn quickly. We learn through failure. Fail early fail often. Execute, execute execute!

I did this for an international conference on my talking topic! 🙂

Well, it’s about time to eat my own dog food. I teach and coach all of that. I see that it works. I wouldn’t coach people on it if I didn’t see it actually work. It does. Agile is the king when it comes to development philosophy with such amazing support frameworks like systems thinking, organizational design, learning theory, behavior science, and more. The tapestry of frameworks that fit within the Agile Manifesto are infinite as they are extravagant.

And that makes this situation I’m in even more complex, infinite, and wonderfully extravagant at the same time. This is my manifesto.

I can no longer teach what I coach thousands on without being the true scientist that I AM. 

I must execute. I must experiment. I must live what I believe to be true. If Agile truly is as powerful a mechanism to change small companies… and large complex companies… then (the hypothesis is), it can work in the MOST COMPLEX system ever created by God. It’s time to change human life.

It’s time to change me.

I’m going to try what I’m calling a agile life experiment,” and do the biggest 180 imaginable… iterating through the learning, retrospecting, improving, day-by-day… practicing what I preach. Doing it with Agile.

I’m embarking into a world where I know very very little. Going from being an ‘expert’ in software development to a complete noob in a new career… jeez… Let’s do this, together.

I’m going into the video industry (Youtube/Etc) full time. Playing video games, discussing Bitcoin and blockchain technology, and 360 VR video… and I need your help to do it.

Time to change my life!

The mission: Radical Transparency

My promise:

  • To show you everything I’m learning!
  • I’ve never promised that I’m objective, but I do promise I’ll be fair and truthful in all I do and learn
  • To have the most fun ever

I say all this with the greatest anxiety and a fear like none other. The doubts are incredible: Can I do this? // Shit, I’ve failed before… but the failures have always been in the same industry: Technology and Product Development. // What if I fail?  // Will I completely tank my career? // What will my 8800 twitter followers think of me? // Will they unfollow me?  // What will people (who know me) think of me? // What will they say? // What will my clients say? 

I believe in my heart, and tell my clients and friends to always tell the truth, even when it hurts. Even with your boss. Even with your co-workers. Even, your spouse. Radical transparency is the key to unlocking so much potential in your company, culture, and life.

It’s time to be 100% radically transparent with the world. I have no idea what I’m doing… but I’m going to science the shit out of this experiment in video and bitcoin and f*cking change my life.

Join me.

All the best,

ps

 

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How to Build Customer Trust with Blog Content – a 4 Step Process

Ed Hill: In content marketing we’re trying to answer customer questions to help customers meet their needs. Plus if we do a good job with the content customers are gonna share this content with their friends across their social networks. But the problem is creating enough content quickly.

Fifty-one percent of marketers struggle to create enough content for their marketing blogs.

To answer this question we’re talking to Jamie Grimes.  Jamie’s worked as a content strategist for marketing websites such as Autotrader.com Apartment guide.com and Healthcare IT Leaders.

Jaime Grimes: So you can use blogs to give longer pieces of information to your customers. Maybe you’re listening through social media and you find that they want a specific topic and If want you to talk about it so you can use blogs to speak to them that way or you can use blogs to tell them about your company information in a way that you know they can relate to.
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Using Content Marketing to Attract More Customers -Part 2

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Producing enough content is a major challenge for 45% of B2C marketers.

In part 1 we cover what content marketing can do for your business and why it works to attract and build trust with customers. Next we’ll cover how to write about topics that customers care about and how to get started with writing your business blog.

There are two main problems in in using content marketing to attract customers:

  • Only 39% of B2C marketers have a documented content strategy.
  • Producing enough content is a major challenge for 45% of B2C marketers.

These two problems are closely related so we’re going to look at a light and fast solution to both problems. (This data based on B2C Content Marketing 2014 Report from Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs.)

Gathering Customer Question Topics for Your Business Blog

We can start to solve the content strategy problem by making a content calendar that addresses topics and keywords that are important to our customers. This is the start of helping customers learn enough that they feel comfortable engaging with your brand and eventually buying from your brand.

Our goal with content marketing is building customer trust and educating our customers about their problem. Customers will have different questions at different stages of the buying cycle. When customers can’t answer their questions they can’t move forward. To help our prospective customers move through the stages of buying, we need to educate them.

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Action & Influence of Atlanta, GA voted Best Training Company!

Train with the best Atlanta has to offer!
Train with the best Atlanta has to offer!

Super excited to announce that Action & Influence was voted Best Training Company in Atlanta, GA for 2013!

Not exactly sure how this happened, but we’re honored anyway 🙂

I definitely believe we work with the best trainers and coaches in the world. The reason behind our success is our conglomerate effort to help the world at work. To help companies reach the performance levels they desire, and to improve the lives of corporate citizens!

Here’s to a great 2014!

Donate to Wikipedia – Keep Information Free!

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Dear Peter,

You are so fantastic. THANK YOU for supporting the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that runs Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Your donation covers not only your own costs of using Wikipedia, but also the costs of other Wikipedia readers.

Like the retired farmer in upstate New York who’s using Wikipedia to study the science of sludge, and the student in Kuala Lumpur who’s researching organic chemistry. The British mechanic who, after he broke his back in an accident, used Wikipedia to retrain himself as a web developer. The civil servant in Finland who set up an offline version of Wikipedia for a small school in Ghana. And the father in Mexico City who takes his little daughters to the museum on weekends, and uses Wikipedia to help them understand everything they’re seeing there.

Wikipedia’s job is to bring the sum total of all human knowledge to everyone around the world in their own language. That’s a pretty audacious mission, but with 30 million articles and 287 languages, I’d say that thanks to you and people like you, we are getting there.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, and the half-a-billion other Wikipedia readers around the world: thank you. The fact that you are helping to pay the costs of running Wikipedia means it can stay ad-free and independent of bias, focused solely on helping its readers. Exactly as it should be.

You may have noticed that for the first time this year we’ve tweaked our fundraising so that most people will only see the banners a handful of times, instead of for weeks. That’s deliberate: we don’t want people to get irritated by too many appeals. But it does mean that fewer people will figure out we’re a non-profit, and that we want their help. So if you’re willing, I’d appreciate if you’d help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to a few of your friends.

And I’d love if you’d try joining us in helping to write Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s written entirely by volunteers — tens of thousands of ordinary people around the world, exactly like us. If you see a typo or a small mistake on Wikipedia, please fix it. If you know anything worth adding, please add it. Some people find it remarkably satisfying, and maybe you will too.

Thank you again. I very much appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you: we will use your money carefully and well.

Thanks,
Sue

Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation
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