Training With Paper Airplanes

So I was in an Agile and Scrum Management class yesterday. 


Always looking for new best practices and efficiencies for what we are doing in software development. 


We did one exercise to compare the old Waterfall methodology with Agile. 


And the instructor had us as a team build paper airplanes one way and then the other so see the difference in output and outcome. 


Lo and behold, we had almost 40 planes in agile and only 6 in waterfall. 


What you see in the photo is the testing phase: we actually had to see if they could fly at least 10 feet without taking a nosedive.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Types of Project Management Office

This is a quick breakdown of the 3 types of Project Management Offices (PMOs).

  • Enabling (Supportive) — Provides best practices, templates, and tools “as needed,” and compliance is voluntary.
  • Delivery (Controlling) — Adopts framework or methodology, policy, and repeatable procedures, and a certain level of the standards are enforced.
  • Compliance (Directive) — Establishes strict standards, measures, and control over projects, and these are highly regulated.

A good place to start is with an enabling/supportive PMO and then progress to a more delivery/controlling model. Generally, a compliance/directive PMO is for more highly regulated organizations.


(Credit Graphic: Andy Blumenthal and concept via CIO Magazine and Gartner)

Strategy, Strategery, Stratego

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Like the all knowing eye…


Strategy is our way of trying to forge a coherent path ahead. 


Of course, as humans, we are imperfect and don’t know what we don’t know. 


But whether we call it strategy, strategery, or stratego, the goal is to have a method to our madness. 


We can’t just rely on luck, gut, intuition, or subjective whim to get us wherever. 


Having no strategy is brainless following or aimless wandering. 


Strategy means your thinking ahead what you want to achieve and then at least trying your best to accomplish something. 


Ample course corrections allowed and encouraged, as needed. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Even If You Can’t Get To The Beach

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During the big snow storm this week, what better to do then to cozy up with a nice 500 piece puzzle set of an Island Beach (and dream of being there–somewhere warm and fun). 



The challenge with this puzzle was in differentiating the oodles of pieces making up the blue sky from those of the blue water. 



Similarly, with all the green pieces for the palm trees and all the white ones for the sand. 



It seemed as if all the pieces were just shades of similar colors, and hard to differentiate between them. 



But my daughter is so smart and determined.



First, she strategically separated out the pieces with the edges and put the whole frame together.



Then, she organized the rest of the pieces by their associated colors, so sky blue pieces would be in one pile and distinct from ocean blue pieces in another one and so on. 



As you can see, all that’s left is to finish off the sky, and it’s done.

I was able to find a few pieces, but I’m better laying at the beach, then putting one together. 



Just two more weeks to Spring…thank you G-d. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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