Adapting is Key


Bruce sent me a pointer to this post, There is no spoon. I have to admit, I don’t understand the spoon part. I suspect there’s a reference to a move I haven’t seen. (Fellow writers: be aware that many of your readers do not share your popular culture norms :-)

But if you read past that, the message I hear is try some tricks. Adapt them. Make them your own. If they’re effective, they’ll work and keep working. I can live with that.

About Johanna Rothman

I help managers and leaders do reasonable things that work.
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3 Responses to Adapting is Key

  1. Rich says:

    It’s a reference to “The Matrix”

  2. Jason Yip says:

    Johanna, I can’t believe you haven’t seen The Matrix. Next thing you’ll be saying you haven’t seen The Princess Bride.
    The final scene is better than the draft that Jeff used.
    SPOON BOY: Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
    NEO: What truth?
    SPOON BOY: There is no spoon.
    NEO: There is no spoon.
    SPOON BOY: Then you will see that it is not the spoon that bends. It is only yourself.

  3. Jeff Patton says:

    ;-) yes I know the reference might confuse I few people. But, I sorta like that.
    Actually the real message behind the post is that best performing teams are prescriptive with their process – but rather that they adapt based on their context. The best way to control your design and development process is to understand that there is no process. The “trick-to-technique” thing was just a free idea in the post. ;-)

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