Hi all, I am Tormod 🇳🇴🇸🇪 (he / him)
My days are spent as a consultant in enterprise IT organizations, mainly focusing on teamwork and the people side of delivery. In particular with with coaching, processes and enabling teams to work better together across departments and vendors.
Happy to talk to anyone, and I will assume you're awesome until proven otherwise.
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Has anything substantial actually happened in MacOS #UX in the last 5 years?
While it has changed of course, the majority of it falls under the category of either look like iOS or work better with iOS. But that's not innovation that corporate strategy. I honestly can't point to anything non-trivial that's changed.
For any MacOS users out there, is there anything recently that you actually use and appreciate? Am I missing something?
Lazy use of AI leads to Amazon products called “I cannot fulfill that request”
The telltale error messages are a sign of AI-generated pablum all over the Internet.
I find it really annoying that lazy people are being mocked and ridiculed. We didn't do ANYTHING!
Many of us are about to cozy up by the fire and exchange gifts to commemorate the day a tired young couple was desperately searching for shelter and a place to rest with their donkey.
Today, an entire population in the immediate vincinity of this "holy place" are without shelter, electricity, water, food and medical support of any kind. So many of them are just young kids living in constant terror.
A few world leaders has chosen to support the madness.
So disappointed in the Swedish government these days. We have a long tradition of keeping the story of the Holocaust alive, and yet our leaders don't recognize a genocide happening in front of their eyes. The fact that we STILL don't officially support a ceasefire is truly an emberrasment to Sweden.
Get fucked Billström.
Are agile scrums an outdated idea?
Here's a video on YouTube making the case for why agile was an innovative methodology when it was first introduced 20 years ago.
However, he argues these days, daily scrums are a waste of time, and many organisations would be better off automating their reporting processes, giving teams more autonomy, and letting people get on with their work:
A few of my thoughts.
First, it's worth noting that many organisations that claim to be "agile" aren't, and many that claim to use agile processes don't.
Just as a refresher, here's the key values and principles from the agile manifesto: http://agilemanifesto.org/
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
- Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
- Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage.
- Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
- Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
- Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
- The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
- Working software is the primary measure of progress.
- Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
- Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
- Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential.
- The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
- At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
Your workplace isn't agile if your team is micromanaged from above; if you have a kanban board filled with planning, documentation, and reporting tasks; if your organisation is driven by processes and procedures; if you don't have autonomous cross-functional teams.
Yet in many "agile" organisations, I've noticed that the basic principles of agile are ignored, and what you have is micromanagement through scrums and kanban boards.
And especially outside software development teams, agile tends to just be a hollow buzzword. (I once met a manager at a conference who talked up how agile his business was, and didn't believe me when I said agile was originally a software development methodology — one he revealed he wasn't following the principles of.)
Ohmygod. Ohmygod. We're in The Sun. We're in the British tabloid. And what is it about? Eating astronauts.
This is the absolute peak, ladies and gentlemen.
Caption this 😜
Time to tap those toes! Join George Jetson and me for your Saturday night spin session (and recording of 'your daily soundtrack' post).
Live and in full effect 7pm to 10pm (pst) tonight. LP #CoverArt in a thread below this post. Big Love to the Mastodon Massive, going on a full year of posting here and leaving the bird behind!
Plus friendly reminder that I do indeed have a Patreon, find the link on my profile, (and huge thanks to those of you who chip in!)