SPaMCAST 529 features our essay titled Habit and Commitment. We are still early enough in the year to be pursuing new beginnings and the New Year resolutions you made a few weeks ago. Commitment and habits can be positively interrelated. Commitment is being dedicated to a cause or activity. Habits reflect a more or less fixed routine.
We also have a visit from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. Kim discusses nonlinear and analog thinking. Kim’s essay is a perfect counterpoint to Habit and Commitment
Re-Read Saturday News I decided to complete the content portion of the re-read of Bad Blood this week. From a team-level perspective, I believe we can all recognize some if not all of the behaviors seen in Bad Blood, albeit on a far less sociopathic scale. If this were a business novel, it would be easy to assume that the behavior shown in the book is hyperbole used to make a grand point. In Theranos’s case, the supporting reading I have done suggests the book is somewhat understated. Why do people take the abuse? Why is money the only thing that matters to some? Why do some people say yes to doing work they know is ethically wrong? I am not sure this book answers those questions nor do I think my analysis can shed light on the psychological rationale of individuals; however, next week we will wrap up our re-read by reflecting on the impact of Theranos like behavior at the team level. Remember that we will re-read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell next (get a copy soon).
Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 530 features our interview with Justin McPherson. Justin and I talked about the role of the enterprise architect in agile. Many organizations struggle to incorporate enterprise architecture into agile practices, Justin’s experience provides direction.