Scrum makes one promise only

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One of my favourite books on agility is The People’s Scrum (Dymaxicon, 2013) by Tobias Mayer.

A lot of books on agility focus on the mechanics of how it all fits together, who needs to be where doing what with whom in order for the machine to work more effectively.

This book is different. It focuses not on the how, but challenges the why. It is open to critically questioning every aspect of agile with the intention of uncovering the core drivers behind agile practices.

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The importance of failure (and of praising effort not intelligence)

Neon sign reads: People fail forward to success by Ian Kim on Unsplash
Photo by Ian Kim on Unsplash

I’m finally learning Russian (again)

I am currently learning Russian and reminding myself of the integral importance that failure has in the learning process.

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Check for WinZip update… regardless of what I say

The other day when I tried to open a zip file WinZip popped up with the following dialog box.

WinZip update dialog offers six options
Options, options, options…

How many options?!

I shared it with my colleagues, via Slack. Most laughed. Particularly the final option: “Setup proxy server settings”. (And it wasn’t because they had used a noun rather than a verb: see ‘setup’ vs ‘set up’.)

Anyway, I clicked “Don’t check, but ask me again in a week”.

Pause.

Your version of WinZip is up to date
Your version of WinZip is up to date

Wait a minute?! Did it… Did it just…?!

Did it just check? I definitely clicked on “Don’t check…”

It’s maybe time to go looking for a new zip application, WinZip is getting unnecessarily bloated and slow. And now it doesn’t even listen to what I want it to do.

Would you like me to check for the availability of an alternative?

Any suggestions, folks? I’m running Windows 8.1 Pro.