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Finding Human Space

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The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

2018 204

Four Things to Remember When "Planning"

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In 1989 I received my degree in Urban Planning. I have studied how to make plans. In 2007 I received my certification to be part of the American Institute of Certified Planners. I have been recognized for making good plans.

2018 194

Losing Yourself in Awesome

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You can lose yourself in awesome. Awes ome itself is overload. boredom is seldom awesome. For the last 10 years, I've been traveling the world, working with all kinds of companies, eating great food, staying in (sometimes) posh hotels, speaking at conferences and it's been awesome.

2018 192

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

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It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”. So, stop making Facebook your amplified CNN or Fox News. Stop eating crap.

2018 173

Focus and Finish

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Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook. Today I have three things to do: write this blog post, format a follow up package for our classes in Iowa last week, and get my cleaning to the cleaners so I have clothes for New York next week. Oh, and get a ticket to New York. four things.

2018 184

Finding Human Space

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The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

2018 130

On uniqueness lost - Anthony Bourdain

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There are people I respect immediately. . And there are people where I’m like, “Uh, okay, keep going…. Maybe I’ll respect you later.”. . And almost no one gets to respect from that. . One who did was Anthony Bourdain. .

2018 130

Standing on Giants

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This is a short video from Saturday morning. I've been hearing a lot from people with high constancy of purpose. They understand what they are doing and why. . Over the last several years, we've met hundreds who do not have this.

2018 130

Four Things to Remember When "Planning"

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In 1989 I received my degree in Urban Planning. I have studied how to make plans. In 2007 I received my certification to be part of the American Institute of Certified Planners. I have been recognized for making good plans.

2018 130

Focus and Finish

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Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook. Today I have three things to do: write this blog post, format a follow up package for our classes in Iowa last week, and get my cleaning to the cleaners so I have clothes for New York next week. Oh, and get a ticket to New York. four things.

2018 130

Losing Yourself in Awesome

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You can lose yourself in awesome. Awes ome itself is overload. boredom is seldom awesome. For the last 10 years, I've been traveling the world, working with all kinds of companies, eating great food, staying in (sometimes) posh hotels, speaking at conferences and it's been awesome.

2018 130

Milgram and Orwell's Love Child Works at Heathrow

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I woke up this morning in Malmö Sweden. I am coming off a quick set of trips to Cape Town and Malmö. Wonderful trips. A lot of flying, but both destinations were wonderfully worth it. I met amazing people, saw the disparate beauty of both cities, got some personal processing done, and even made a little money here and there. .

2016 183

Milgram and Orwell's Love Child Works at Heathrow

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I woke up this morning in Malmö Sweden. I am coming off a quick set of trips to Cape Town and Malmö. Wonderful trips. A lot of flying, but both destinations were wonderfully worth it. I met amazing people, saw the disparate beauty of both cities, got some personal processing done, and even made a little money here and there. .

2016 100

Depth in Progress: of Wine Snobs, Audiophiles, and Agilistas

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“Wine is to enjoy, not to judge.” ~ Hwi Woong Jeong (??) Wine Enthusiast. . The gentleman next to me took out his laptop and began typing, he had a large pile of wine labels and a notebook filled with wine notes. He began systematically copying them into his laptop. I figured he was a wine critic.

2012 196

Preparing for a whole lot of Kaizen

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The last few weeks have been busy. We’ve launched Kaizen Camp which is bustling with activity. We have three Kaizen Camps scheduled for New York, Los Angeles, and Boulder – with more on the way in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Melbourne, and Ho Chi Minh City.

2012 158

Putting Some Lean Planning in Lean Startup

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This was originally an answer I posted in a Quora group, but I thought I would repost it here with some edits. Read the original, in context, here. After working with and owning several startups, it is clear that startup owners regularly overload themselves with work. It’s part of the startup mythos.

2012 158

Innovation for Erratic Meatbags

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Herbert Hoover and Ayn Rand tell us of the rugged individualist. More or less, its a western ideal. We question convention - even conventions WE helped create. We have free will. We make decisions and act accordingly. In our rational hearts, we make only appropriate, moral, and ethical decisions.

On Being Framed: The Framing Effect

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In Freakonomics , Steven Levit tells a story of a day care center in Israel that was tired of parents being late to pick up their kids. So, they turned to a market solution: they charged a penalty fee if you were late to pick up your kids.

2011 169

Reading is (Still) Fundamental

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recently tweeted this after mulling over the differences I’ve seen while working with various clients. Some of them have practically been begging people to slow down, finish less with higher quality, and to take time out to read.

2012 158

Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap in Five Quotes: Post 1: There Is No Spoon

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A few weeks ago, I awoke to a string of tweets by people on the other side of the world discussing what I would say about Systems Thinking’s limitations. Systems thinking is a major tool in my toolkit when working with teams and organizations.

2011 158

Personal Kanban Wins the Shingo Prize

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Personal Kanban won a Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence this year. This is the highest honor in Lean and we share the award with some pretty august company. This award is humbling.

2013 130

Personal Kanban Wins the Shingo Prize

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Personal Kanban won a Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence this year. This is the highest honor in Lean and we share the award with some pretty august company. This award is humbling.

2013 130

Bigger Ears Make You Dumbo

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Consider how the movement of a meme across the social media landscape spreads what looks good on the surface, but is fetid logic underneath. A few months back I spoke at Social Media Breakfast, Seattle about Social Media, Lean and the CIA.

2010 182

Starting 2013

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It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here on Evolving Web. This is becoming a personal blog for someone who has invested a lot of his “person” in his work as of late. I’m vowing to change that this year and this post is a start. All my life, I’ve wanted to be a writer.

2013 130

Starting 2013

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It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here on Evolving Web. This is becoming a personal blog for someone who has invested a lot of his “person” in his work as of late. I’m vowing to change that this year and this post is a start. All my life, I’ve wanted to be a writer.

2013 130

Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012

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Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp ,” we are now nearing Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012. (We We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) Kaizen Camp is July 24-25, again at the beautiful Center for Urban Horticulture.

2012 141

Money and Good Copy

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This song was recorded in 1985, it was likely the 20th version of the song. It’s not our best song, but it is my favorite. Corey Smith, David Fisher, and myself in Corey’s living room. We all played just about everything on it. Yes, those are my vocals, with Dave doing rap and backup.

2012 141

Long Live the Community

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There’s change in the wind and I like it. The Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LSSC) has evolved to the Lean Systems Society (LSS). I was never a member of LSSC, but I am a founding fellow of LSS. LSSC was a very necessary institution to begin talking about Lean in software development.

2012 141

Id Rather Be A Hammer Than A Nail or Nails Come in Boxes

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To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Mark Twain If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow Some quotes become lore. Some quotes become cliché. These quotes are a warning we all ignore, and may well be another cognitive bias.

2011 151

You Mean I Cant Even Estimate? The Planning Fallacy in Action

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Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. We like to estimate things. “I’ll I’ll be there in 5 minutes!" “I I will have that report to you in an hour!” “We We can do the entire project in 24 days!”.

2011 151

Territory Destroys ThoughtAn Open Letter to Jabe Bloom

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Dear Jabe It strikes me that we humans often like to think. Yet we are still territorial creatures. Therefore when we invent anything, we wish to guard that thing. We are protectors of our territory. Even when there clearly is neither threat nor territory.

2012 141

Speaking from Power in an Uncertain WorldCollaberwocky Episode 3

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Are you a manager trying to get by in a flat or agile company? Do you find the role of manager repeatedly maligned? This is more than just “It’s lonely in the middle.” There are significant positive shifts in making the workplace more productive, efficient and effective.

2012 141

Preparing for a whole lot of Kaizen

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The last few weeks have been busy. We’ve launched Kaizen Camp which is bustling with activity. We have three Kaizen Camps scheduled for New York, Los Angeles, and Boulder – with more on the way in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Melbourne, and Ho Chi Minh City.

2012 130

Putting Some Lean Planning in Lean Startup

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This was originally an answer I posted in a Quora group, but I thought I would repost it here with some edits. Read the original, in context, here. After working with and owning several startups, it is clear that startup owners regularly overload themselves with work. It’s part of the startup mythos.

2012 130

Decentralization is Freedom - Social Media Principle #4

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This post is fourth in a series of my Social Media Principles. The base post is 10 Social Media Principles. Decentralization is freedom – Decentralized power structures spur creativity, growth, and innovation.

What Does Control Really Mean?

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We say that kanban is a visual control , but we also eschew external control (rules) being placed on us by others. So what does control really mean? We when we look at it, we have a lot of depth here. (1) 1) Like a dial – a controller. We can use our kanban as a controller for our work.

2012 130

Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012

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Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp ”, we are now nearing Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012. (We We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) This year, Kaizen Camp is the July 24-25.

2012 130

Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012

Evolving Web

Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp ”, we are now nearing Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012. (We We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) This year, Kaizen Camp is the July 24-25.

2012 130

Long Live the Community

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There’s change in the wind and I like it. The Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LSSC) has evolved to the Lean Systems Society (LSS). I was never a member of LSSC, but I am a founding fellow of LSS. LSSC was a very necessary institution to begin talking about Lean in software development.

2012 130

Flip My Switch: Standard Work or Soul Crushing Exactness

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In Lean there is a concept known as “standard work”. A game around standard work is to define the elements of work to a point that they are standardized and predictable.

2011 141