Because They Were Project Managers

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The Road That Dashrath Built

Dashrath Manjhi, was an outcast. He was a simple laborer in India. His wife, Phaguni, died due to lack of medical treatment because the nearest doctor was 44 miles away from his village. He did not want anyone else too suffer the same fate, so he carved through rock that was 120 yards long, 25 feet deep in places and 30 feet wide to form a road through the mountain. He said, “I started this work out of love for my wife, but continued it for my people. If I did not, no one would.” He worked every day and night for 22 years to do this, and reduced the distance between the Atri and Wazirganj areas of the Gaya district from 46.6 miles to 0.6 miles. He rarely slept. He was given national acclaim for this miraculous accomplishment. On August 17, 2007, Dashrath Manjhi, the amazing, dedicated, selfless, determined, and patient man, who had tamed a mountain, lost his battle with cancer.

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OMG. So much LOL.

Agile for All Team – The BEST in the Biz #agile2016

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My heart is filled. I absolutely love working with these guys. They are easily some of the best in the business.

It’s a wonderful feeling watching my fellow colleagues speaking at Agile 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Smiling as I watch them, soaking up the knowledge, and watching some of the small banter between all of us during sessions in front of hundreds of people.

I liken it to watching my kids do amazing things, all with a smile on my face. I’m proud. Very proud, of my team.

<3 AFA

Leadership and Data – A Filtered Experience

“As organizations (and societies) grow larger and more complex, the people at the top (whether managers or analysts) depend less and less on firsthand experience, more and more on heavily “processed” data. Before reaching them, the raw data – what actually goes on “out there” – have been sampled, screened, condensed, compiled, coded, expressed in statistical form, spun into generalizations and crystallized into recommendations.” – John W. Gardner in Self Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society

It is a characteristic of the information processing system that it systematically filters out certain kinds of data so that these never reach the ones who depend on the system…

Agile is all about transparency. I would, and we constantly suggest to our clients, that we do our very utmost to give unfiltered views of how things are going with development, all facets of development.

This way, leadership can make the best informed decisions they can about what is really happening!

Consider what “filtered” information you’re giving to leadership. Consider how that could be doing more harm than good.

Data is only as valuable as it is “real.”