Agile Programming – For Your Family

TEDStumbled across this TED talk today. The presenter seems mostly inspired by Scrum, but tells a good story and this is worth the investment in watching.

Key points on how he applys Agile to parenting:

  1. Adapt all the time, be flexible, open-minded and let the best ideas win
  2. Empower your children
  3. Tell your story, preserve the core

I think however, the best line is near the end where he talks about happiness (something that applies in the workplace as well as the home):

“Happiness is not something we find, it’s something we make… Greatness is not a matter of circumstance. It’s a matter of choice. You don’t need some grand plan. You don’t need a waterfall. You just need to take small steps, accumulate small wins, keep reaching for that green stick. In the end, this may be the greatest lesson of all. What’s the secret to a happy family? Try.”

Three A’s of Awesome

TEDHere is a highly inspirational talk on TED from Neil Pasricha, the author the 1,000 Awesome Things website.

His three A’s of Awesome are:

  • Attitude – life never goes to plan, but whatever life deals us we need to grieve and then face the future, take baby steps and move on
  • Awareness – embrace your inner three year old and see the world as if you are seeing it for the first time
  • Authenticity – be you and be cool with it, follow your heart and put in yourself in situations that you love

Derek Sivers on TED

TEDWatched a couple of short, unrelated videos on TED today from entrepreneur Derek Sivers.

When starting a movement, it takes a leader but the first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader! There job is to make it OK for others to join and to make it more safe.

Whatever brilliant ideas you may have or hear, the opposite may also be true. He gives the example of naming streets in Western culture, but blocks in Japan and how eastern doctors get paid for keeping you healthy, not treating you when you are sick.

Keep your goals to yourself because telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen.