Sunday, June 30, 2013

Games and the Human

Why do humans play games?  Do other animals play?  What value does play create in the propagation of the genes?  Should we play more, play at work, should we play when we are old?

   "The average 4 year old laughs 40 times a day; 
   the average 40 year old laughs 4 times a day."


Here are some great videos that describe this phenomena.

Why Do We Play Games?   by Vsauce


   "The opposite of play is not work, it is depression."
    -- Brian Sutton-Smith


Stuart Brown:  Play is more than Fun.  TED.com


A pioneer in research on play, Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age. (Recorded at Serious Play in May 2008, in Pasadena, California. Duration: 26:42.)
The National Institute For Play.


Patterns of Play

BBC interview of Bear that plays with dogs.




IDEO's David Kelly interview on 60 Minutes







Brendan Boyle - Design Thinking and the Power of Play


Ideas Aren't Cheap: Promoting the Serious Business of Play by Brendan Boyle

The Dancing Traffic Light



See Also:
Change is Easier with FUN
Simulations are tools for fun
Play != Games
What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting) NPR
Games and play are not the same thing. What is a Knowledge Game by Dave Gray

Friday, June 21, 2013

Videos on Intrinsic Motivation

I've collected a few videos that I find explain the new paradigm of the 21st century management.

Punishment or Reward?  Which is more effective? by Veritasium
Discusses the gambler's fallacy and regression to the mean when samples are taken from a normal population.  The importance of control groups in scientific studies.



Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation. TED Talk 2009


Dan will demonstrate that what science knows, business does not practice in the 21st century.  Watch this if you are a manager - you've been lawyered!

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?





Dan Pink: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. RSA Animate





Sir Ken Robinson  TED talk:  How to Escape Education's Death Valley





Dr. Anita Williams Woolley, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory presented to alumni at Reunion 2013.
Most of us are familiar with the idea of "general intelligence" in individuals, but no one has systematically examined whether a similar kind of "collective intelligence" exists for groups of people. In two studies with 192 groups, we find converging evidence of a general collective intelligence factor that explains a group's performance on a wide variety of tasks. This "c factor" is not strongly correlated with the average or maximum individual intelligence of group members, but is correlated with the level of social perceptiveness of group members, the equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking, and the proportion of females in the group. Ongoing research explores the relationships among collective intelligence, diversity, and learning as well as tools for enhancing collective intelligence.

TEDxAtlanta - Teresa Amabile - The Progress Principle




Simulate a Code Blue - to learn to save a life.


"The debrief is the most important part of the simulation process."

Monday, June 17, 2013

5 Keys to Scrum Adoption


I don't think 5 keys need to be ordered.  I've narrowed down a long list of keys, these are the ones that floated to the top.  So these are not in order of importance or steps in adoption; no, you have to do all of these at the same time.


  • Everyone is responsible for teamwork.
  • A culture of experimentation, reflection and learning.
  • Define multiple rhythms - stick to the beat.  Pay attention to the syncopations.
  • Visualize your work - all of it, and in multiple ways (task boards, diagrams, UML, reports, alarms).
  • Get a Product Owner that wants to play ball in the Scrum mentality - or don't even start.

I may expand upon the meaning of these bullet points later.

What do you think is key for a new organizations Scrum adoption?



See Also:
ScrumProUK - Simon Morris @Simo_Morris
http://scrumprouk.tumblr.com/post/52537981825/my-5-tips-for-scrum-adoption
Product Owner in a Nutshell - video by Henrik Kniberg of Crisp.
An Agile Adoption and Transformation Surval Guide by M. Sohota


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Visualization of the Creative Process

Visualizing the Creative Process by Daniel Cook of the Lost Garden blog

As I coach new developers, I've taken to scribbling out the same useful diagram for visualizing the creative process again and again on coffee-ringed napkins.  In order to limit my future abuse of culinary paper wares, I've reproduced my images in a more formal fashion in this essay. 
The conversation usually starts with the following statement: "Creativity is like a snake swallowing a series of tennis balls."
And when confused looks inevitably result, I sketch some variant of this odd little picture: 

read more....​ of this article by Daniel Cook of the Lost Garden blog