A spider is an eight-legged arachnid that has a head attached to a central body. Pull a leg off a spider and most can still walk, even if a little lopsided. Cut off the head, and the spider dies. Not so the starfish. While many people know that if you cut off a starfish’s leg, it will grow back, most don’t know that a starfish’s major organs are replicated throughout its body. One species, Linckia, can regenerate an entire starfish from each of its severed parts. A starfish is a decentralized network. A final interesting factoid — “for the starfish to move, one of the arms must convince the other arms that it’s a good Read more
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Software Engineering Radio, the world’s leading podcast on software development, published an episode on “10 Years of Agile Experience” yesterday. In this podcast Marcus VÃ¶lter interviews me about introducing agile technology to different organizations, the experiences I made doing this job in the last 10 years, and stratgies I derive from this experience. The podcast was recorded in January at OOP 2008 in Munich.
In the one corner stands the fire breathing reptile, Enterprise Architecture and in the other corner we see pacing restlessly an 8,000 pound gorilla known as Agile Development. Eternally opposed to each other, these two ways of looking at the world fight it out year after year. Enterprise architects like a command and control, autocratic and hierarchical organizational approach. Agile development prefers an egalitarian, participatory and collaborative approach. Architects like to tell agilists what to do and agilists are borderline anarchists who like to say no. Agilists have suggested they do not need to adapt, at least significantly to the needs of enterprise architects. Architects don’t appreciate change as much as agilists. Agislists find documentation Read more
The following is from a chapter in the book The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, which I have read and highly recommend. Meant for those with an academic research bent, the book brings together a lot of research regarding what makes for experts. Most of the book is dedicated to understanding individual expert performance from a psychological perspective, with several chapters focusing on separate intellectual and physical disciplines. These chapters alone contain several nuggets of empirical insight. However, in one chapter in the book, five authors (Eduardo Salas, Michael Rosen, Shawn Burke, Gerald Goodwin and Stephen Fiore) discuss what has been learned about expert team performance in the past 20 years. Below is Read more