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Reflecting

I am not even going to look at how long I haven’t posted. Cause, I know it’s been a long time.

But during that time, I have a LOT to be thankful about. Few of them listed here:

  • I joined an incredible company and happy with the environment, work culture and colleagues. I am valued for what I am and get to work with the brightest minds in technology, project management and business analysis. Coaching & learning at the same time!
  • To the wonderful clients that I have met in the last year: Every experience makes you wiser, stronger, mature.
  • We got our green cards in 2014. It was just 6 year journey, but thankful to all the people who were involved.
  • To my friends, community in Atlanta: Without them, life in the suburbs would be dull.
  • To agile community at large that I have been part of. It’s amazing to see volunteers you worked with, finding you online and connecting so that they can work with you again. It’s an incredible feeling.
  • Last but not the least, to Meghana: For being there to celebrate, for envisioning the goals and make them happen, for sticking to our personal kanban. To the planning that we did that allowed us to – enjoy time with our families, pay off flat in Pune!
  • To the small & big celebrations we do together by traveling internationally. It’s great to learn about other cultures, people and of course the cuisine!

A decade later, I am a better person because of you! Here’s to the next one and many more to come!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Musings

 
Quote

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

– Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa

While the world is trying to comprehend the activities in Newtown, CT about the inhumane incident, the first thought that crossed my mind was about the quote above. Lots of thoughts and emotions surfacing but I will refrain from expressing them.

Prayers and thoughts for everyone affected by this evil act.

“Safety and security..”

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Musings

 

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Agile & Music: Suggestion for an experiment

Instruments

Who doesn’t love music? We all have different choices, tastes – but we all listen and have our favorites. I like listening to variety of music and play guitar (Disclaimer: I am not a music major or a pro).

There’s been this one thing on my mind since a long time and could not resist this post when I saw David Bland’s tweet about “Kanban-Agile Jazz“. [Don’t forget to check out the trackback link at the bottom of that article by Olaf Lewitz].

I have observed one strange coincidence when I met, read about and researched some famous agilists. Many of them play guitar (or a music instrument.

To name a few (on twitter): @mcottmeyer, @howardsublett, @dennisstevens (if I am not wrong), Dave Minor, @darianrashid (drums) and the list goes on..(you get the point).

Most importantly, the experiment that I have in mind is on the lines of what Olaf mentioned in his post:

  1. In next agile (or scrum or kanban or XP) get-together event, invite the attendees WITH their instruments
  2. Ask the attendees at the gathering to form a band by choosing among themselves
  3. Create a tune or select a song of their choice
  4. Practice for a few times and then
  5. Present for few minutes in front of the get-together audience

Yep, you’re thinking right; something like the “YouTube Symphony Orchestra” on a very small-scale.

Why do this?

  1. Fun & Entertainment
  2. Interactive and engaging
  3. Something different/Innovative than just doing “hands-on” sessions, open space, games
  4. Displaying agile principles/values: Collaboration, Self-organizing teams, Improvisation, Iterating, Practicing and Delivering

 

Jazz

As you can see from Olaf’s “White Night..” post few passionate people have used the Jazz experiment to get their point across to the audience about improvisation. After all, people get-together to discuss what they are passionate about (agility) and in that people form  small groups, get engaged in discussing topics of their interest. If people don’t find the topic interesting they use the “law of two feet” from open space in search of discussion that engages them.

So, why not meet with like-minded music (agile) enthusiasts at such events and jam?

Note of caution: Please make sure you don’t get lost in music so much that you forget the main purpose of being at the (agile) event 🙂


 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Agile, Music, Musings

 
 
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