EppsNet Archive: Change

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. — George Bernard Shaw

This Is How the World Always Changes

Getting engaged in changing things is quite straightforward. If we have an idea, we step forward and serve. Instead of being overwhelmed and withdrawing, we act. No grand actions are required; we just need to begin speaking up about what we care about. We don’t need to spend a lot of time planning or getting senior leaders involved; we don’t have to wait for official support. We just need to get started — for whatever issue or person we care about. This is how the world always changes. Everyday people not waiting for someone else to fix things or come to their rescue, but simply stepping forward, working together, figuring out how to make things better. Now it’s our turn. — Margaret Wheatley Read more →

Want to Change? Identify One Thing

Via Harvard Business Review: Want to Change? Identify One Thing Read more →

The Job of Our Time

The job of our time is to hospice the death of the old unsustainable systems and structures, and to midwife the birth of new sustainable systems and new ways of being. — Lynne Twist Read more →

Web Governance: Becoming an Agent of Change

It’s about pointing out risks, shining a light on organizational denial, overcoming resistance, and facilitating constructive discussions about change. . . . We’re facing a stark choice right now: keep whining or start leading. . . . You might be thinking: “There’s no way I can do this. I’m a designer, developer, or copywriter, not an organizational change maker!” But we can do it, and we should. Because nobody else will do it for us, and if nobody deals with the problem, we won’t be able to do great work. — Jonathan Kahn, “Web Governance: Becoming an Agent of Change” Read more →

Fault and Change

Think of all the things that are not working in your life. That job you don’t like, that relationship that’s not working, those friends that annoy you. Now turn them all on you. Imagine that everything that’s not working in your life, is your fault. How would you approach it? What would you work on to change your life to the state that you want it to be? — Carlos Miceli Read more →

Change Isn’t the Problem

Everything in software changes. The requirements change. The design changes. The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn’t change, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is our inability to cope with change. — Kent Beck, Extreme Programming Explained Read more →

Customer Engagement

You want to actively elicit feedback from end users using short development cycles or by using prototypes and models during analysis. A good feedback cycle has the appearance of causing problems. It will cause emergent and latent requirements to surface. That means rework: the value of prototypes is that they push this rework back into analysis, where it has more value. And most important, good end user engagement changes end user expectations. It is only by participating in a feedback loop that’s grounded in reality that customers get the opportunity they need to reflect on what they’re asking for. If your customer changes their expectations in the process, you’ve both learned something. Embracing change doesn’t just mean reacting to it: it means providing the catalysts that accelerate it. — James O. Coplien and Gertrud Bjørnvig, Lean Architecture for Agile Software Development Read more →

Enlightened Perseverance

Your own passion and dedication have to be bigger than other people’s attachment to the way things have been, their fear of change and losing control. — Gay Hendricks and Kate Ludeman, The Corporate Mystic Read more →

Willing to Change

Saying that you want something implies that you are willing to change to get it. Otherwise, you really don’t want the thing. — Jim McCarthy Read more →