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Agile and Lean Development Conference Resources 2014

This week I attended the annual Intel Agile and Lean Development Conference. This is the third time I have attended, and IMHO, it was the best by far. The conference was better arranged, having a basic day, an advanced day, and a day of keynotes with industry experts. For the first time, Intel invited members of the community.

Throughout the conference I took a bunch of notes. These are some of the resources mentioned in the classes and keynotes I attended.

I record them here so I can find them later. Maybe they’ll be useful for you, too. Read more

Pro tip: make sure the computer is in the bike pannier before arriving at work.

Litmus Tests

What if litmus tests become common?” asks Dave Winer. Go read it. It’s short. I’ll wait.

In applying for a board position, I was asked a litmus test question. I answered truthfully, “I don’t agree with all of these statements.” I specifically pointed out my disagreement and why. And I still got the position. But I might not have.1

Those of us who value diversity need to be willing to answer honestly. After all, if an organization won’t hire me because of my human rights values, do I really want to spend the majority of my waking hours around narrow-minded bigots?2

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating all should have the same values or that I would work only with those who share my values. I like Andrew Sullivan’s view:

If we cannot live and work alongside people with whom we deeply disagree, we are finished as a liberal society.

Gay marriage seems to be a dangerous topic these days. But it shouldn’t be.3


  1. And as an unpaid, volunteer position, the monetary impact on me would have been nil. I’m not tooting my horn too hard here. But it was a position I wanted. 
  2. Yes, I understand intolerance of intolerance. But integrity should limit one’s tactics. 
  3. Here is my post on Prop 8

Pi Day Pi-ku

Project slip.
Ugh!
No need for sleep.

Hot caffeine.
Blink.
No need for sleep.

I love you!
Wink.
No need for sleep.

In honor of Pi Day, I wrote a few pi-ku.1


  1. A pi-ku is a three-line poem, like a haiku, but with three syllables in the first line, one in the second, and four in the third, following the pattern of the first three digits of pi: 3.14. 

“What kind of idiot are you?” Those used to be fighting words. Now they just sound like another Buzzfeed quiz.

Dave Pell