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Photo & Quote Blog

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

I have started a new blog that you might want to visit. It is more personal than this one, and somewhat less cerebral. You can find it here. It has lots of big pictures with brief, thoughtful captions. The images are interspersed with pithy quotes. Most of the quotes are things I’ve said on Twitter, but a few come from other people and other places. Many of the pictures are taken on my new farm in Petaluma, California.

Lately I’ve been putting my software and business related posts up on the Cooper blog, called the Cooper Journal. Over the last few months I’ve posted quite a few essays and a few of them have attracted considerable attention. My esteemed colleagues at Cooper also post lots of brilliant stuff on the Journal that you will likely find interesting.

I’m not sure what will go on this blog, except that I’ve been working on my bibliography for 2011 which I will post very early in the new year. Creating this blog is what spurred me to begin making a summary of the books I’ve read during the year. I’ve come to really enjoy this annual recap. All of my life I’ve been a voracious reader but I’ve never kept records. This exercise has forced me to do a little detective work at the end of the year to remember all of the titles. A few of them surprise me: “Did I really read that one?”, while a few of them are unforgettable. I also find myself wanting to write more and longer reviews, so I need to edit more aggressively to keep them brief and pithy. Even so, I just checked, the current list is 15 pages long. Stay tuned.

Play well!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

“Playwell” is a name that emerged from the #agile_retreat held in San Francisco on 30-31 Jan 2010 and organized by Anders Ramsey.

The attendees were looking for a name to describe the kind of post-agile, post-UX, post-polarized-thinking that we had achieved during our discussions, but we hadn’t reached any consensus. At the very end of the two-day meeting, we were going around the room, taking turns telling each other our final thoughts. Third from last to speak was William Pietri, who said how impressed he was ‘that everyone had been able to play well with others”.

As soon as he uttered it, the phrase “play well” stood out in my mind. It so neatly summed up what we had learned:

  • If you are doing it right, it should feel more like play than like work.
  • We are all very proud to deliver the best that can possibly be done.
  • We have been infected with a strong sense of community and a common purpose.
  • We want to share what we know with others.
  • Our thinking transcended process, so we wanted to avoid process names, like “agile” or “UX”.
  • We wanted something new, that didn’t borrow from existing religions.
  • We didn’t want it to be slick and commercial, but friendly and approachable, sharable and teachable, desirable and helpful.

I can’t say that Playwell will catch on, be used by others, or even survive a year of me blogging it, but the name really speaks to me. As I was setting up this new blog the software asked me for a name, and that’s what popped into my head.

Welcome to Playwell.

Other blogposts from the #agile_retreat

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

So far I know of these excellent blog posts regarding the #agile_retreat

Michael Long

Craig Villamor

Johanna Kollmann

Jeremy Johnson