Ep. 68 – Just Dance Jason

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Released Sunday, December 14th, 2014.

Hosts: John Sextro, Craig Buchek, Nate McKie and Jason Tice

Discussion

Let’s talk about collaboration in a large group, and what happens to a group’s ability to build / maintain a mental model as it becomes larger.

  • As fodder, Craig, Amos and Jason were discussing at the STL Ruby group on 12/8/2014 that the magic number for a good podcast seems to be between 3-4 participants.
    • What is wrong with episodes where we have too many people and episodes where maybe we don’t have enough.

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  • What are some rules of the road/team if you happen to be an outspoken person (aka John or Jason) – maybe John and Jason can share what they do on the podcast (and in real life to ensure they aren’t overwhelming others)
  • What can introverts do if they feel they are being overwhelmed in a large setting by the bloviators?
  • Another concept to talk about: the more people there are, the more likely factions develop within the team.
  • What practices can be done to help a team measure if it is collaborating well?
  • Should we even worry about measuring the effectiveness of collaborating in the first place?
  • What practices can be put in place to help a team (regardless of size) improve how it collaborates?

Picks

Jason

  • For the Holidays – Game of the week – The Innovation Games Visual Collaboration Platform – there’s a free version if you want to try before you buy – www.innovationgames.com
  • Agile2015 Submissions now open – don’t delay – submit today -
  • Visual Debriefing with Dr. Roger Greenaway

Nate

  • Hours – Time Tracking app for consultants
  • Dixit – Creative board game that can also be a retro game tool

Craig

  • Industry conferences (check out our list of Agile conferences)
  • My RubyConf 2014 talk, “Ruby Idioms You Aren’t Using Yet”
    • Slides
    • Video (not posted yet)
  • Public speaking – local user groups, regional conferences, (inter)national conferences

John

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