Agile + Design Thinking @ IIT’s IDx

Back towards the end of 2017, I had the distinct privilege of being invited to contribute to the design of a new course offering on agile + its value for design thinking. The inviter was my friend, Adam Kallish, a distinguished design thinker, agile practitioner, UX architect, lecturer + all around force of nature from…

The Unswerving Cycle of Rage + Revenge

The current administration in the U.S. is transmitting a message that rage and revenge are appropriate reactions and solutions to problems. History illustrates the folly of this mindset. Acting from an emotional center of rage and revenge leads to certain peril and impacts the raging and revengeful individual and everyone and everything around them. End…

Stepdadding: verb.

Stepdadding (sp?) is, without a doubt, one of the most challenging things I have ever taken on in my life. Here’s a part of my stepdad story. An off-the-top-of-my-head inventory of past experiences I draw insights from almost every day in my quest to be a solid stepdad? The list includes experiences like this: Designing…

“I Dunno”

Around here, we’re preparing to move into a new house, which means going through things, throwing many away, uncovering other precious gems. It’s always an introspective experience to stumble onto artifacts, proof of moments long past. It is odd how stumbling onto a trail left by the past comforts us into the future. I found…

Just venting

Dear shallow, negative people who we tip-toe around, A good attitude delivers its value immediately. I know who’s awesome and who sucks. Instantly. Through trial and error I’ve learned that without the right attitude I can pretty much count on things not going well. Attitude and how we treat other people matter. In everything. It’s…

Dear Tom Petty

You’re great. I love you but –> you’re wrong. The waiting is not the hardest part. The hardest part is enduring other people’s impatience, putting up with the kind of thinking that they are entitled to act impatient as if they have anything else to do. These people act like self-absorbed rock stars and they…

The Mysterious Mentor Adventure

On the morning my mom passed away I had to write her obituary. I had been putting it off. Meanwhile, there was a stream of people coming by the room at the hospice facility where we were. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t even write the thing without my hands shaking. When I was finished, I…

R2 me, too

I was 5 years old when my parents took me to my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars. Needless to say, it flipped me right out. Unlike most of my pals at the time, though, who called out “I’m…

All in the telling

The latest technologies, including cloud, social, anything mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have and will continue to transform business, especially the customer experience, which still revolves around the story. Storytelling is still the centerpiece. Nothing new there. Storytelling has been the centerpiece since before anyone could even write….

#KnightSkiing

Thursday night kicks: a toy, a pillow and an iPhone6 (240fps):

Season

Wikipedia defines season like this: A season is a division of the year, marked by changes in weather, ecology, and hours of daylight. Seasons result from the yearly orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis relative to the plane of the orbit. In temperate and polar regions,…

Redemption and the Art of Circumnavigating Fear and Doubt

The sound was deafening. I heard it and felt it the way winds can suddenly howl like banshees and blow open weak doors. With a shudder, the stillness of the dark broke like a bomb going off during a prayer. The dream of falling startled me awake in the strangeness of that place, on the…

Love, loss, rebirth, and proof of a collective consciousness

The French have a phrase for the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes that operates as a unifying force within society. The term was initially introduced by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his Division of Labour in Society in 1893. They say it like this: conscience collective (imagine saying it with a…

touch

Okay, so it may be cheesy to write like this, to point out my own gratitude for access to the senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, all of it, and all of the things, minutiae, we seem so gifted at overlooking. Days like today, however, find me beside myself having met someone who is without…

On perfect, little packages

Few things in this world reach perfect little package status, though, arguably there are some that come pretty darn close. A kiss on the cheek, for example? Is a kiss on the cheek the highest form of affection? When not used to say goodbye forever to a former friend or lover (or some other manipulative…

On pals.

I have learned most everything from my pals (or from the Internet). Every triumph and tragedy in my life I have shared with pals. I have had a grand tour of this place so far sharing it with pals. Pals have inspired me to do all kinds of things, from the ordinary, expected things, to…

Net Neutrality is dead

Wikipedia hosts a great definition of Net Neutrality. In a nutshell, it means: Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication. There has been extensive debate about whether net neutrality should…

Configuration Management: Battle of the Bands

Anyone who works in information technology spends a fair amount of their day automating simple tasks. I always say if it can be done once, twice, in the same way, it can be automated. Technology should do some of our tactical work for us. Configuration Management (CM) is arguably one of the best fits for…

Adaptation, Semiotics, and Being Cool with Things

My awareness of adaptation began in Mr. Johnson’s 6th grade class. I was a 5th grader who school administrators felt belonged there, rather than with peers my own age. This, unbeknownst to me at the time, required a great deal of adaptation. Being smart in school was not sexy then like it is now. Mr….

Happy Birthday, Mom!

In honor of your 74th (!!!) Birthday, Mom, I am posting this picture of you I found while looking through the old photo books. Sporting killer abs in Colorado, circa 1970-something. What a HAWTIE! It may be hard to believe you are 74 today but it’s easy to understand how you’ve managed to stay looking…