Skills for Software Smokejumpers

Skills for Software Smokejumpers

©2007 Don Gray Do you know about smokejumpers? They’re brave, self-sufficient firefighters who parachute into remote areas wearing eighty pounds of gear and ready to fight a forest fire. If the jump goes well, they land safely. After extinguishing the fire, they...

A Quick Update

A quick update on systems thinking items: 1. The AYE Conference schedule contains several sessions involving systems thinking. Two sessions, Experience the Diagram of Effects and General Systems Thinking obviously involve systems thinking. Several other sessions will...

Problems vs Opportunities

Problems or Opportunities? Where should you focus your effort? Kurt Simmons asked this question in ProblemsVersusOpportunites. He shared some (what I think) are valid thoughts. I agree with them on at a cursory level. But in keeping with this blog’s theme, An...

Changing Quicker

We finished “Change and Stable Systems with the questions: Will reorganizing every two weeks lead to stable software processes? What conditions would enable this to happen? When should we schedule the next change? Today we’ll discuss some conditions that...

Solving Other People’s Problems

© Don Gray 2000 A problem can be a lot of things; perhaps a struggle, a puzzle, or a task. As a consultant, I find it useful to define “problem” as the difference between what is, and what is wanted. From that point of view, learning to solve other people’s problems...