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Ending the Silver Bullet Cycle


Breaking the Habit of Following Snake Oil Trends



Dan Grubb


Published on Smashwords by Dan Grubb


Copyright 2017 Dan Grubb



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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION


ACTIVITY 1


PENDULUMS: A history of silver bullet trends


ACTIVITY 2


SILVER BULLETS: How we aim them at problems but end up shooting ourselves


ACTIVITY 3


OWN YOUR LIFE: One crazy trick that can change your entire perspective


NEXT STEPS: Keeping Silver Bullets Out of Your Head




INTRODUCTION


I began writing this as a silent plea to my coworkers. We're an agile office using the Scrum method. This means that whenever we have a planning session for the next two weeks or the next quarter, we have to talk about how agile or not agile we are, write up stories and tasks for our work, assign points to our stories, enter them into the officially-designated software, and engage in some team-building activities to demonstrate how agile working is better and more efficient than non-agile work. This is in addition to our daily 15-minute meetings about what we're working on and our daily hour-long meetings whose goal is to have everyone in the same room to talk about whatever subject we have planned. Many people in my department are on two or three teams, so they have twice or thrice as many of these daily meetings.


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