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Care About How You Spend Your Life

“You’re a human being. Don’t let the mediocre monsters get you; they are just a diversion. Check in. Bring your whole self to the job, including your emotional self. After all, that’s the source of your creativity. Your creativity is bundled up in those repressed feelings, constrained by conflict you try to avoid, awaiting that seriousness of purpose you keep…

The Default Human-Human Interface

“Rich information is invariably produced when a team member expresses criticism in a way that adds significant value to another’s work. This value-generating capability is uncommon even though adding value is the normal, healthy thing to do. Human-human inefficiencies must be handled before you can expect to routinely make the best class of connection and achieve the resulting hyperprogress. Most…

Hey, Satya

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Rescue

Rescue is an interesting and a potent meme. It definitely didn’t originate with us, though we have introduced it to many groups and teams in the context of their initial experiences with hearing the feelings of others in a routine, structured way. As with many other important contributions, “Rescue” descends from Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis (developed in the 1950s), broadly…

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Your Feelings Have Important Information

“Sometimes, feeling angry about doing something that seems inefficient, or pro forma, is simply a healthy response to waste. If some of your tasks do not contribute to the desired result, they are not worth doing. Specs, schedules, plans, or presentations are not usually the result. Likewise, meetings, reviews, and administration are not the result. While these things can contribute…

I Say Welcome

I Say Welcome I say welcome over and over to every and all who show me themselves in a way I can understand because their kindness in doing so is lovely. I want more of it, and them, in my world. They are welcome. I say welcome because for hundreds of years we have been unwelcome in hundreds of ways….

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50-50 NOW

Post by Jim McCarthy.

Software Creates Culture

For the podcast on this topic go to Podcast 125: Software Creates Culture. Jim:   OK. Tonight we’re going to talk some more about culture design and culture hacking. A couple of years ago we stumbled into this phrase “culture hacking.” We liked that to describe what we were doing with all of our various efforts and works. Really, you…

“Too busy” is a Diagnosis

A letter I wrote today to a colleague who had been working with me, and a few higher level executives at his large-ish software company, to inaugurate a new connection between me and them. I had earlier done some quite successful work for them, and we became acquainted and were all enthused for our relationship/s. Dear (Friend and colleague) Maybe…

On Love, Teams and a Remedy

Did some tweeting last night and this morning.  Twitter kinda makes ya say your piece. So I did some. In three chunks. And it’s a little assertive, as my tweets can be. Edited, cause I’m a version sorta guy.  And, of course, this is a different platform. Ha. Platforms still count.  People still enjoy arguing about em,  hopelessly believe in…

The Virtuous Cycle of Software

Lately, I have been using the phrase, “cycle of virtue,” or “virtuous cycle,” to describe the phenom of wealth and goodness in software. I think wealth is defined by the richness of one’s possibilities. Historically, the first great tier of possibilities extends greatly if one has sufficient money, or material resources. a) In general, when compared to most other things…

Custom Intensive 1-1 Course – Just for You

A while back, someone in our Facebook Group, The Booted, asked, and from time to time many others have asked: what are best ideas for a good training course to take, (in addition to McCarthy BootCamp, of course)? Here is my answer, for now. My best training ideas, bar none, if you want to increase both the focus and the…

Discussion Should Be Illegal

Click here for Discussion Should Be Illegal Podcast Copyright 2005 Jim McCarthy and Michele McCarthy   Jim:  One of the things we have talked about a lot over the years is that it ought to be against the law to have discussions. Discussions are just lame. Michele:  It definitely has come to the point that when we’re at a client…

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The Art Lesson

The Art Lesson We and our students make art in our BootCamps, and what evolved from that work over time is that I would give what I called an art lesson. In order to do that, a certain teaching was required, not really about art but about the structure of identity and the structure of the unconscious.  I was encouraging…

A Draft Chapter from “Culture Hacking”

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Forward to The Culture Game

The following is the Forward Jim and Michele wrote to the recently published “Culture Game” by Dan Mezick In a good little while, say, 25 years or so – call it a generation – when the ideas and practices – many of them first covered in this book, others still awaiting fuller notice and deeper development; when all these ideas…

Forward to TFS Book

The following is the Forward Jim wrote to the recently published “Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010″ by Steve Resnick, Aaron Bjork, and Michael de la Maza. Agile was always something you could be before it was a particular process you could do. And it was always possible for a team to line up in a tight formation and…

Leadership vs. Leadership

Please welcome another guest blogger, Paul Reeves, a veteran BootCamp instructor and good friend. michele  No, the title isn’t a typo. It is worth considering the difference between assigned leadership and true leadership and how the two interact in a variety of environments.  Since the Core Protocols, as used in BootCamp, provide for dynamic leadership behaviour from any team member,…

The Core Dimension

Please welcome a guest blogger, Vickie Gray, a certified Core Instructor for more years than I can remember….. michele The Core Dimension When folks talk about whether Agile, or XP, or any other working method is as good as or better than the Core, they’ve lost the plot.  One isn’t “good” or not, compared to another. The Core is in…

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