Looking at the current landscape of tech giants, from Facebook to Google, from Stripe to Intel, it is almost impossible to imagine they can ever be out-spent or out-competed.- Whilst they might seem unstoppable – with the sheer brain power they employ and the almost bottomless stash of cash they command, it is reassuring that every giant has its weaknesses.
For the last 15 years I’ve maintained a list of ideas to build – things that both excite me and improve the world.
Last week I started having Office Hours to have conversations with anyone who wanted the benefit of my experience in startups, tech and a few other things from my 25+ years in the software space.
It seems popular, these days, for coaches and consultants to talk about ‘continuous learning’ or the ‘learning organisation’.
As I sat with a professional services team at my client, launching into my tried and tested description of what agility means and how to do it sustainably, the last 11 years of my life flashed in front of me and I saw something that I hadn’t realised before.
We do Scrum (or Kanban or SAFe or..) How often have you met people – usually executives and management at conferences or other spaces outside of their company and they proudly proclaim ‘we do Scrum’.
It has always amused me when people – usually men – say their company or team ‘eats their own dog food’.