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I don’t know why I hadn’t seen this video before today, but by the time I had finished, I knew that I made the right move going to Hobsons. Not only will I be getting better at the process he describes in this film, but I’ll be using the principles to solve important challenges in education.
I am certain that we will get better at solving the challenges of the world by using more iterative and incremental approaches that help us to fail more quickly so that we can find the solutions that work.
I’ve recently been thinking quite a bit about the application of Scrum/Agile/Lean to all kinds of challenges outside the world of software development and it’s great to see such a tangible example of that happening. What’s even better is that they didn’t shy away of calling it Scrum and they didn’t really feel the need to drastically change the process to their industry. They took the process with all of its “weird” language and implemented it as loyally as possible. They were so successful that they got bored with building cars and decided to tackle Polio. Amazing!!
Don’t Hoard Knowledge
I learned a new trick today on a piece of software that EVERYONE in my organization uses. I thought it was so cool that I created a quick word document with screenshots on how to do it. I sent it to my team of six people and left work for the day.
I got up at 3am because my child was screaming. I picked up my phone and found an email that went out to the entire organization - including all of the client and internal leadership - with my word document.
This was a transforming experience for me, because I had been under the impression that hoarding knowledge was one way that you could stay competitive. I thought that knowing tricks that other people didn’t know would make me look better. Boy was I wrong!
If you learn something useful - especially on the job - take the opportunity to share it. Try sharing it with a few people first, and if it seems to be popular, share it more broadly. Turns out that people like to learn new things that help them to do their jobs more efficiently. There is also a chance that your name will be associated with words like “helpful” and “ideas” instead of some of the alternatives. :)
Have you had any experiences with sharing that have had positive impacts on your career or life?