A few months ago, Iris Classon tweeted a picture from Gothenburg, Sweden.
Out for a walk. Gothenburg University at 2AM under a full moon. Simply magical. pic.twitter.com/TidOiWdUcw
— Iris Classon (@IrisClasson) February 17, 2014 It immediately made me think of one of my toughest clients and why I admired him. He happened to be Swedish and from Gothenburg. I’m finally getting to blog about it now.
I met him while working on a large enterprise project to replace a series of mainframe systems with my company’s product.
Growing up, my dad wouldn’t just answer a question from the kids. He would follow it up with background info, reasons why, and ask us related questions. It always stuck with me and I find myself “dadsplaining” things to my kids. It’s a good, impromptu moment for teaching and getting the kids to think creatively and analytically.
I also try to do it with co-workers, but I’m sensitive not to force it on people like I force it on my kids.
Agile Government Leadership recently posted the Agile Government Handbook. It’s a nice primer to Agile for govvies. It tackles the first issue of describing Agile in the context of government. The post introducing it provides a good background:
“One of the recurring issues I heard, from both government employees and contractors, was that there needed to be a basic understanding of what Agile was in the context of government. There is an “Agile divide” between those who fully grok and are practicing it, and those who hear and process it only as a buzzword or passing trend or something unrelated to functions outside of technology project management.