Eclectic Perspective: From ABZ Planning to Fictional French Philosophers

This week, I begin with a number of book recommendations, the first of which is the Start-up of You (2013) by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha which claims:

The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over and traditional job security is a thing of the past.

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Scrum Values and High Performance Agile Teams

The Scrum Values

As Scrum Masters we make Commitments to ourselves and our team mates to deliver excellence. We use Courage to challenge received wisdom and cultural norms. We demand Respect and embrace diversity and understand its power to unleash creativity and innovation. We are Open in the pursuit of truth and speak truth to power. We embrace transparency and ensure decision making is inclusive. We have a laser Focus on delivery and continuous improvement. We evangelise the Scrum Values and coach our teams to ever expand personal and team capabilities. Continue reading “Scrum Values and High Performance Agile Teams”

Organ Donation Schemes – Opt in or Opt Out

Organ donation is a fascinating, complex and emotive subject. There is a multiplicity of approaches across the world aimed at increasing organ donation rates including opt-in and out-out systems. Education and awareness programmes play an important role and increasingly governments are implementing legislation to change default options and (they theorize) modify social norms. Under many systems the role of the family in giving ultimate consent is paramount. Continue reading “Organ Donation Schemes – Opt in or Opt Out”

The Bed of Procrustes

PROCRUSTES was a son of Poseidon and had a stronghold between Athens and Eleusis. He is famed for an unusual form of ‘hospitality’. He possessed an iron bed (the Bed of Procrustes) and would invite passers-by to spend the night. Those that proved ‘too tall’ would have any ‘surplus’ amputated, whilst those that were ‘too short’ would be ‘stretched’ to fit his bed. There was never an exact fit, as Procrustes secretly possessed two beds. Continue reading “The Bed of Procrustes”