Just pushed a commit with config file sourcing in the bash script to store the micro.blog app token

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I just published the first version of a bash script to quickly post to micro.blog using either the text in quotes after the command, the default $EDITOR or vi.

The source is available here and I’m using it to post this text!

Agile and Innovation

Transitioning from a waterfall to an agile thinking can be very hard, and there’s nothing harder for some people than to understand how innovation works at an agile shop.

Receiving feedback from your customers on a feature you’re working on because they asked you too is usually easily understood, but what about Research & Development?

The answer to that is pretty simple: get your customers on board!

Talk to a few of them, the most involved ones, new customers even, and see if your idea for the next feature could help them. Your customers shouldn’t always be the ones asking you to implement a new feature or solve a problem they have.

The next question, harder to answer to, is: “what is then the priority between regular work and innovation work?”

I think there shouldn’t be a priority between the two, because if you get your customers on board with your innovation work, it’ll become regular work. The business value of R&D will get higher because now the people paying for your product want the new feature you’re talking to them about.

Aligned Autonomy

This article from December 2019 by Pete Hodgson (@ph1) is food for thoughts for non-technical people taking the Agile notion of self-organizing teams literally.

Imagine you’re hosting a dinner party, and your friend Sally asks what they can contribute. Some of the guests are vegetarian, so you ask Sally to make her well-loved lentil curry. You explain to Sally why you’re interested in the lentil curry - some guests are veggies - but tell her she’s welcome to bring something else if she’d prefer.

As Sally starts to prepare the dish, she realizes she’s all out of lentils. Luckily, Sally both understands the vision (contribute a vegetarian dish), and has autonomy on how to deliver that vision. We call this Aligned Autonomy.

Sally decides to change the plan, and makes her famous green bean casserole instead. This is a good outcome - Sally’s understanding of the situation on the ground improved, she adjusted the plan accordingly, and we were able to achieve our objective - a wonderful dinner party.

A big thanks to @icecrime for sharing this old post. This comes at a perfect time for me