the process isn't about not getting fired

January 16, 2008
Just on the verge of ordering tickets to Japan. Very exciting! I need to start up on my Pimsleur...

Business Quote of the Moment
"The process isn't about not getting fired."
--Steve K as paraphrased by me, 2008.05.15. Steve is our "scrummaster", who helps the team guide itself through the 30-day-cycle ("sprint") process of software development known as "scrum". (It's not "process heavy" as far as these things go, but does have certain events, the daily standup meeting, the end of cycle review and "planning poker" meeting for the next sprint.) Sometimes Steve will emphasize the importance of keeping up to your part of the Scrum contract over making other people in the company happy.

Letter Excerpt of the Moment
She hugs you in the doorway and when you say to her, 'If you move just six inches closer, I'm going to kiss you,' she moves closer, and you kiss her and the whole world is nice.
--Charles Schulz to his paramour Tracey

Headline of the Moment
NY Times: New Bacteria Strain Is Striking Gay Men:
A new, highly drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is being spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, researchers reported on Monday.
Oy. Just the echo effect is enough to make my heart drop.