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    Agile Glossary – a central resource for learning all things agile, lean and scrum

    Agile is an umbrella term to describe a movement predominately living in software development industries, AND it is a grouping of practices plus a culture supported by a combination of tools that create the opportunity to better generate value – be that at the person, product or business level.

    Areas of agile include;

    • Agile Development is vernacular often referring to particularly software development, Test Driven Development (TDD) practices or Extreme Programming (XP)
    • Agile Methodology can first be understood by initially reviewing the New New Product Development Game (HBR), the Agile Manifesto, the Scrum Framework and XP history
    • Scrum Agile is another ‘colloquial combination of keywords used by newbies learning about the Agile methodology and the Scrum process that spawned from the creators of the Agile Manifesto.
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    • Introduction To Agile Methodology -These are the first places an agile newbie would benefit from the most; agile articles, history, the alliances, and the terminology.

     

     

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    Barry Blaustein, ScreenWriter, Documentary maker, parent

    University of southern California
    Barry Blaustein, ScreenWriter, Documentary maker, parent

    USC brings in one of Saturday Night Lives best Comedy writers. He’s also well known for he’s blockbuster comedy movies and not so well known for he’s endeavour as a documentary maker. Below is a series of notes from the podcast as an insight into Barry’s illustrious film making career.

    Which movies do you like?
    “Any movie that moves me emotionally, and stays with you the next day…. Most films these days the lights come up and you just work where you are going to eat….One of my favourite – Chronicas – true story about journalists.”

    As an NYU student Barry majored in journalism. Originally he was hinking og going into politics… To change the way people think.

    But he ventured off that path into screenwriting. Obviously a good move as he had a teacher who said” I don’t normally say this about students, but you are not going to need anything to fall back on”

    Barry worked on whatever jobs he could get, but he just kept writing and writing and writing sketches.He eventually got he’s break and moved to New York and started writing for Eddie Murphy.

    “You never know where your break is from. It’s talent and luck but you need both and jump at takeing advantage…. And you need to make your own breaks”

    Barry wrote for Eddie Murphey on Saturday Night Live and he’s blockbuster hits suh as the Nutty Professor “Eddie is fearless – he has full confidence in his ability to take the audience. He never failed because of he’s performance only if the material wasn’t good.”

    Barry’s resume includes some of our classic 80s films including “Coming to America, Police Academy and pretty much just about every major Edie Murphey movie”

    As you go along – you keep moving your lines of standards … “Don’t forget why you entered into the business….always fight to keep the reason why you are in this business, they will try to beat it out of you but hold onto your passion.”

    Barry followed he’s passion at night and weekends and made he’s documentary, and finally got to move off the kiddies table to the adults table. ‘Beyond the matt’ is about wrestling but it’s really about the father – son relationship.

    The process was extensive for Barry to get the project going.
    He spent a couple of years researching to build up trust, he worked he’s contacts to get the funding, and leverage to get what he wanted. The couple of years research was about finding the story that he wanted to tell…” (as a documentor) be totally open to what happens and follow it through.”

    Going in seeing what happens mostly brings up nothing.
    Go in with an idea but open to see what happens is the key. There’s three major phases in the entire production from what you thought you’d make, what get captures and then when you edit you remake the movie again.

    … You’ve got to be ruthless!!!!

    While Beyond The Matt was a critically acclaimed documentary, Barry was still referred to as a comic writer, and relishes the creative freedom he had in makeing he’s doco.

    ..Everything is still a learning experience, you get better just doing it, just making mistakes.

    Q&A –
    Where did you learn your screenwriting?
    Trial & Error and my first is probably really bad.
    “if jokes stand in the way of character development then it’s got to go… Unless it’s a great joke””

    … Walking with a writing partner…having a long first draft is fine because it gives us more to cut 🙂

    How do you know what to let go off ?
    Working on characters to make them more poignat, follow where the character wants to go.

    Recommended reading…. William Goldberg – adventures in the big screen business

    “try to be the best version of yourself, of your own unique voice” you’ll do stuff that will pay the rent. And try to write something that you think will make a difference. Don’t make a movie that you don’t want to see because is soul crushing and grinding.

    Be honest about your work and what you enjoy.

    Proudest moment. Documentary
    Biggest lesson. “I’ve made mistakes and learnt on every film”

    Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Mark Zuckeberg

    Mark Zuckeberg
    Stanford university thought leadership podcast series.
    iTunes U

    This recording was done in 2006, just a couple of years after facebook launched in 2004. It’s an intresting retrospective podcast; including basic questions – what is the facebook?

    At 18mths old the company got 5.5 billion page views surpassing google.

    How this all started…

    “So umm I did two years at harvard.

    During my sophmore year I decided that harvard needed a facebook. It didn’t have one. So I made it. That’s basically how it got started.”

    Mark is truely a data geek and an intellectual. He’s personality has had an obvious strong design overthe culture of the company.

    There’s quite a bit of discussion about the type of person Mark likes to hire and how important it is to be patient in hiring so the right person becomes and helps to create the right person.

    It’s interesting listening to an “archive” presentation of facebook as it’s obviously come along way since it’s inception and the time of this presentation. I enjoyed Mark’s opinion that it’s a utility – a personal directory and not a social network!

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    Inspiring Entrepreneurs-Joe McCracken

    Joe McKracken
    Head of business development
    Genentech
    Stanford University iTunesU Thought Leaders

    “a company that has had great financial and been able to maintain strong support for helping people”

    Normally the thought leaders program I includes speakers soley from the IT world and not the medical industry. That certainly doesn’t make the content of the course any less relevent – the business of healthcare and biology has many parrallels when it comes to creative innovation, start-ups, capital raising and being great leaders.

    Genentech was voted the #1 place to

    Genentech was first established in 1976 and two budding scientist Swanson and cowen pulled 500 bucks to incorporate their company so they could essentially do what “is now a highschool biology experiment” and before they knew it they were part of the race to be the first to make human insulin.

    Sound like a couple of geeks in a garage? Absolutely! So don’t be put off the industry this is an inspiring but valueable lessons in company expansion, sustainability, culture and innovation investment.

    At some points in the presentation Joe sounds like a Genentech zealot rather than a mentor speaking at Stanford but you know what; if my technology made the impact on humanity that these guys have done, I’d be preaching the love aswell!

    So, listen to Joe with an open mind and keep an ear out for the gems in between he’s detailed medical explainations of the products.

    Some of the key lessons I took aware from this are;
    – provide long term remuneration progression plan to nurture the scientist so they don’t ‘have to move into management
    – r&d is a critical component of product design; survival of the company is dependent upon it
    – the profit is not competitor nor evil for delivering healthcare as it enables further research and the opportunity to provide product to those who need but can’t afford
    – technology, software development are integral components …. It’s not all cool web tools

    So not the normal start-up story but an incredible business story of innovation and smart economics that seperates them from the normal pharmaceutical models. Genentech doesn’t have a commercially driven business model- it’s driven by the science …. And the science is where the value is.

    That’s not to say they don’t have commercial business models, they certainly do – such as priority focus on customer service to build repeat sales.

    Each scientist has 20% time application to work on whatever they want- ahhhh so is that where Google copied it from!!!!

    Sounds alot like the great success mentors all say – do what you r passion about, not just chase the dollar.

    Inspirining Entrepeneurs – Reid Hoffman

    Reid Hoffman
    Stanford University business leaders podcast series.

    Reid made a very successful change of career from academic to business entrepeneur as creator and investor in Linkedin and Paypal.

    In this podcast he drops some doozy entrepreneur metaphors…
    “pick something that is opposite to what everyone is thinking”

    “Raising money is only a step to being successful, not sucess itself”

    “Get to your failure points as soon as you can, so you can get it out the way”

    What is the central test of failure? “I’ve watched people spend years on products that will never work”

    Reid talks through he’s strategies and lessons over time…. “software without distribution is worth Zero…. Distribution strategy is essential”

    He presents a good story of how they come about to do email payments then paypal.

    If you are looking for investors then take the time to listen to Reid about the do’s and don’ts!!!!

    …And what is the revenue model for linkedIn

    Reid really had an egalitarian point of view on he’s lifes objectives and has managed to be involved in some pretty life changing developments.

    How do u achieve something of scale that makes a diferrence to humanity.

    The other thing I liked about this was that he debunks the myth that Mckenzie consultants are sure entrepeneurs, and there’s is the only way. he really just gives a buddy entrepeneurs the plane trueth and doesn’t blow sunshine up your ass about how everyone can make it.

    Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Dominic Orr

    Dominc Orr: Startups – the need for speed
    Stanford university: thought leadership entrepreneurs series.
    President & CEO of Aruba networks.


      Dominic made a substantial career transition from science to IT where he became leader of ciscos #1 competitor – Aruba networks. (41million vs. 1billion!!)

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      In this podcast he is being interviewed rather then a lecture as per normal, so the content does vary from leadership technique discussions to specific technical insights relevant to networking and security – but essentially it’s just domincs detailed Manet in explaining his opportunities.

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      Dominic spent 12 years at Hewlett Packard prior to joining Arooba bringing with him the strengths of that large culture.

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      The good elements of this podcast is the lessons of people management, and most importantly people inspiration. Dominic has an ‘in touch’ with humans approach to his leadership then many inspiring leaders can learn from.

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      “Fundamentally all people want to make a difference…”

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      Dominc also shares some strong advice on how to place your product, what is your product, and what opportunities you can look for even when the big guys dominate the market.

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      Interesting learnings are included about the benefits of going from a private start-up to a publicly listed company. Dominic actually goes into detail about what you do and what you gain.

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      My highlight is domincs de-mystifying of work/life balance; if you’re passionate then it’s not about creating credit for purchasing goods after.

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      But surprisingly- after listening to this for the second time – I’m quite endeared to this guy, and he’s aspirational view on being a CEO and people leader.

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    Podcast is published by:
    Stanford University and is available from iTunes U.
    Length: 58.34 minutes