One man's effort to use the Project to bring the Self Improvement pillar to his company's culture

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Jeff Hoover

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Sep 8, 2010, 11:45:50 PM9/8/10
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I found this on Twitter - a developer in Poland used the Project as a
basis to start a culture of Self Improvement at his company:

_luk3: IT couch potato - nowa fraza w słowniku ;-)
http://blog.solidcraft.eu/2010/09/agile-skills-project-at-my-company.html
Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/_luk3/statuses/23942086585

(I looked up "nowa fraza w słowniku". It means "new words in the
dictionary", presumably referring to "IT couch potato")

Jakub Nabrdalik

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Sep 9, 2010, 5:06:18 AM9/9/10
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W dniu 09.09.2010 05:45, Jeff Hoover pisze:

> I found this on Twitter - a developer in Poland used the Project as a
> basis to start a culture of Self Improvement at his company:

Hi, I'm the guy behind this blog. I've been in this group for a few
months and got really inspired. I've started to use the quest system,
and found it very motivating. Now I'm trying to explain it to other
people and make it a part of my company's culture.

We have just started. So far we have extended the list of skills to
include stuff relevant to SQL programmers (half of my company), patterns
and analysis. Now we are beginning an experiment on 8 random employees:
we ask them to prepare their quests, find mentors, and finish their
quests in a month using work-time. If the outcomes are positive, we are
going to have a quest log for everybody in our company (about 50-60 people).

Whether people will do anything to gain experience is up to them, but at
least they will know that (and have some feedback).

I'll report back to this group when the experiment is over or/and if we
have anything to share about our implementation of the project, so that
you guys can benefit from our experience.

> _luk3: IT couch potato - nowa fraza w słowniku ;-)
> http://blog.solidcraft.eu/2010/09/agile-skills-project-at-my-company.html
> Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/_luk3/statuses/23942086585
>
> (I looked up "nowa fraza w słowniku". It means "new words in the
> dictionary", presumably referring to "IT couch potato")

Yeah, the first time I wrote it, it was "coach potato". Sorry for bad
English :)

Thanks,

--
Jakub Nabrdalik
http://solidcraft.eu

Charlie Poole

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Sep 10, 2010, 10:26:21 AM9/10/10
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Hi Jakub,

> Yeah, the first time I wrote it, it was "coach potato". Sorry for bad
> English :)

I think you created a phrase I'm going to use.

Coach potato = "a coach who won't get off his *ss and pair"

Charlie

> Thanks,
>
> --
> Jakub Nabrdalik
> http://solidcraft.eu
>

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