Visualizing problems on a canvas gets them out of your head and into the real world. You can put all the pieces in front of you so you — and everyone else — knows what you’re working with. Every time a new idea, challenge, or path comes up, make a note. You may not solve it at the same ti…
In the 1970s, there was a fleeting literary genre known as Martian poetry. Writers would compose verse from the perspective of a visiting alien, describing human ways as if witnessed for the first time. In Craig Raine’s “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home”, books are “mechanical birds with many wings” that “cause the eyes to melt”. When a phone “cries”, humans “carry it to their lips and soothe it to sleep”. In the closing lines, he has a go at sleep: “At night, when all the colours die, they hide in pairs and read about themselves — in colour, with their eyelids shut.”
Inspired by Architecture Decision Records, I’ve taken to recording Product Decision Records alongside the code in our projects, in Github. I like the idea of a record of a decision that includes the context it was made in, and gives teams the ability to review and version their decisions as contexts change or they learn more. I’ve also found it’s a good way of communicating decisions widely and openly, even in complex organisations.
e majority of one’s organisation isn’t paying attention to social media, and the centre of gravity for influence certai…ighting up the Yammer and the SharePoint with a poster in Portcullis House atrium or what have you. The majority of one’s organisation isn’t paying attention to social media, and the centre of gravity for influence certainly isn’t there.