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What iOS apps are required for iHappiness?

I am the Koontz family's designated Apple fan-boy.  The one that had the first iPhone, the one that talked Mom into buying an iMac.  But lately it has occurred to me that the title is being usurped.  First it was my mother-in-law that got the first iPad, when all I had was an iWant.  Now my mother has an iPad 2, I still only have iEnvy.

While they have the new shiny toys - I've got more apps on my iPhone than they do.  However there are a few iPad only apps I cannot get.  Mom told me to get the NC Muesum of Art's app for the Rodin exhibit.  It is only avaliable on the iPad.  But the HD video is awesome on my MacBook Pro (bigger screen than the iPad).

Rodin: The Cantor Foundation Gift to the North Carolina Museum of Art

So what are the required apps for happiness?

A list:

Filxster - movie & theater searchIMDb - Internet Movie DatabasePandora - customized / personalized radio stationKindle / iBooks / Audiobooks / Google BooksFacebook / Twitter - social media toolsAll text p…

Blindsided for Happiness - Would you make the Sandra Bullock trade?

Here is an excellent question:  Would you make the trade?  Trade a happy marriage for career success.

Two things happened to Sandra Bullock [in March 2010]. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist  David BrooksThe Sandra Bullock Trade

According to one study, joining a group that meets even just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income. According to another, being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year.

One method of resolving this question is to understand motivation versus satisfiers as Herzberg described them in his Two Factor Theory.  Money is a satisfier, happiness is a motivator.

My Personal Values start with Happiness

Happiness - the pursuit of happiness has equal weight to the rights of life and liberty Knowledge - the progenitor of many others e.g. law, justice, fairness, virtue; one must 1st have knowledgeImagination - the human animal is unique in its ability to imagine a future and then create it; imagination is required for compassionPragmatism - a balancing power, a moderator that accounts for context and operates within knowledge bounds
David's Personal Values were developed during a Organizational Leadership Master's program (2008).Publishing inspired by Luke Hohman of Innovation Games tweets on the companies values.  So why not publish my own value statements.

Happiness. The founding father's inshrined this value within our Declaration of Independence.  Giving the pursuit of happiness equal weight to the rights of life and liberty (Declaration of Independence). Recognizing that while the framers of the republic considered life and liberty an unalienable right, one does not have …

A List of Agility Tests

How many forms of Agility are there?  I know my friend's dog is a champion at doggy-Agility.  That form of Agility is well know (in the dog community) and it is all about the test.

For the purpose of this list I'm referring to the software development philosophy of Agility (as in Scrum, XP, Lean, etc.).  Since there is only one definition of Agile in the software community - the Agile Manifesto and it's 12 principles; it would appear to be easy to know what Agility meant.  Alas, it is more elusive than a simple Webster's dictionary definition.  There are too many personal and subjective measures.

But is a subjective experience beyond the ability to measure?  No, it is not.  The nature of an Olympic Platform Dive is a subjective event.  Yet it is measured and scored to a high degree of precession and accuracy to determine the winner in an event.  This is the process of moving the subjective beyond the laypersons personal feelings and into the realm of expert opinion.


An innovation in Books

Yes I own "Our Choice" by Al Gore, for two reasons:
It is the best book on the most important question of our era - our choice to save humanity.  It is the first innovation in books since Gutenberg. Al Gore Invents a Showpiece E-Book By NY Times David Pogue.

Oh - maybe there are many more reasons - the interactive info-graphics developed for the "book" by Push Pop Press, but then that just falls under the heading of innovation, doesn't it.

Tools for Collaboration in Remote & Distributed Teams

I'm researching tools for collaboration.  I'm a firm believer that the best tool for collaboration weighs in at about 3 lbs, is made of 100 billion neurons and consumes 20% of the energy your body uses.  This tool uses other tools like that mouth of yours and the big ears on the side of your head to communicate.  Along with those tools it uses the facial muscles to form expressions that are interpreted by other 3 pound blobs.  All of which gets synthesized into a cognitive mental model.

All these other tools are substandard replacements for pieces of the above ecosystem of collaboration in a face-to-face manner.  But let's take a look at some of them anyway.

One very interesting tools is Mind Mapping in a collaborative tool.  Follow the rules of brainstroming and this tool may rock your next retrospective.

Here's a list of tools for collaboration and many other things related to knowledge work.

One of my favorite tools is  a virtu…

Performance Appraisals what have we learned in 50 years?

I've got to write my personal Performance Appraisal Goals & Objectives.  So in the process I thought I'd see what experts think about the whole system.  It appears that the system of performance appraisals crossed the chasm back in the 1950s.  Peter Drucker's Management by Objectives (MBO) spurred on this new technique.  Previous to WWII very few companies used this technique, the military did.  Going back even further the Civil Service Commission's system was in place back in 1887  (from Dick Grote's "The Performance Appraisal, Question and Answer Book").

McGregor's 1960 book  "The Human Side of Enterprise"  introduced the Theory X & Theory Y concepts of management. McGregor writes in Harvard Business Review (1957):
  "Effective development of managers, does not include coercing them (no matter how benevolently) into acceptance of the goals of the enterprise, nor does it mean manipulating their behavior to suit organizational ne…