The lesson of the price sticker: Have you ever had the desire to remove a price sticker from something you bought?

You start by wedging a fingernail under the edge of the sticker to see how much adhesive force the sticker glue has. Then you try to gently lift off the sticker, hoping the glue will come off as well. As you do this you may become impatient and pull harder on the little edge or corner you’ve now lifted free.

And the sticker tears, because the adhesive is too strong for the paper to remain in one piece. And now you have part of the sticker between your fingers, and glue and torn paper left on the item you bought. So you try prying the sticker loose from a different edge, one where you can still get a fingernail under a pristine piece of sticker.

And this time you pull more slowly. And still the sticker may tear and leave glue on the item. You get frustrated. Why did they have to make this glue so strong? Why is the sticker so flimsy? What a mess this is leaving!

So you keep at it. At some point you may have most of the sticker removed, but now there’s still glue on the item. Time to bring out the wiping alcohol. And hoping that using the alcohol will not mar the item’s surface finish as you try rubbing away the glue with the alcohol.

Behold your agile transformation efforts!


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Ever since the advent of social media sites, many of us have given up “owning” the things we put “out into the world”. Those sites make it easy to publish little things when you’re visiting anyway. We go for the low-friction way, forgetting that we put our creations in the hands of some other entity that we have no control over.

One of the original intents behind blogging and personal websites was to make it easy to own your content. Anyone can technically spin up a website with a content-management system like WordPress or some such thing behind it, contributing to the wonderful world of RSS feeds and the “blogosphere”. But social media sites have come and taken some of that away.

Well, I’ve finally taken one little step towards owning my content more, and pulled it all down from LinkedIn and imported to this here little corner of the web that I call “home” (or one of my homes, anyway). So if you’re curious about seeing most of what I have put out on LinkedIn, check out  (Also available from the main menu as “LinkedIn Lingerings”)

I have updated my LinkedIn tagline because I’m envious of the uniqueness that some people and brands bring to their names/titles (looking at you Häagen-Dazs). Using non-English ligatures and Umlaut marks seems to be all the rage, and has been for a long time. Plus, “Agile” is so overused, I think we need a huge shift to something that many people can recognize but not pronounce, nor type on their keyboard. So I am now an Ægile Coäch.

Yes, this is a sarcastic post. And I will without a doubt change my mind in a day or two.

Originally posted on 2023-11-04 at 18:24 via

When you call a meeting of managers together on some issue, first ask yourselves in the meeting “Are we here to find fault with someone (or a group of someones) or are we here to help make the system better in relation to the issue?” That’s leadership in human systems.

Originally posted on 2023-10-07 at 10:06 via

For the first time in a long time I’m experiencing what it’s like to feel “behind” on something. I’m feeling like I’m jogging next to a train track with a train approaching, and knowing I need to get into the train. I’m speeding up my jog to a run in the hope that I’ll be able to jump onto the caboose before the train is going too fast for me to hop on.
I wonder if this is how software development team members sometimes feel when agile transformations are underfoot and they had no say in that.

Originally posted on 2023-10-03 at 23:19 via