Operating Dev

Blurring the line between software development and operations

Operating Dev - Blurring the line between software development and operations

Continuous learning

Image from http://www.signalhillspot.com/work/fueling-your-future-with-continuous-learning.490647There is a lot of emphasis on reducing waste in Lean but one aspect that is as important, if not more, is the drive for continuous learning. So much so that I think that “lean” is a misnomer for a process that fosters a culture where kaizen is the highest order of emergence in the organization that successfully adopt it.

Few years ago, I came to a personal realization that learning is what makes my life worth living (alongside with my family and friends). At the time I wrote an article in which I declared “I learn for a living!” and threw away measurements putting my skills against some kind of grading scale – I realized that such scales turn my goal into a race for an award represented into a grade and take away the intrinsic motivation I feel when I push myself to learn something for the sake of learning and the sense of mastery that follows.

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The ugly side of agile

Image from http://agilitrix.com/2011/05/agile-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/I recently learned that a local software development company decided to implement Agile “properly” and in the process let go everyone with any process knowledge of experience. “Dev will do it themselves” was the message these people got at the door.

(If anyone is in need of good people with experience related to product or project management and delivery,  customer engagement and similar email me at kima@operatingdev.com to put you in touch with few I know very well.)

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