The last Jedi

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪the last jedi‬‏

How exciting! This Thursday we are going to watch the latest of the Star Wars saga. I am extra excited since I am going, for the first time, to watch it “live” with my two sons. I must admit that I don’t know what to expect. Is it going to be as good as The Empire (there was a lot of things in common between A new hope and The force awakens, so one can expect that the resemblance will continue to the second movie of the trilogy…)? Is it going to be break our hearts in regards to Luke? Is it going to entertain us, or give us more to think about? I really don’t know.

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[Reblog] It’s a Trap! Agile Lessons from Star Wars

Here is a nice blog post that links Star wars, specifically “Return of the Jedi”, and Agile or software development in general: It’s a trap

Get a room!
Wicket was just trying to hunt when he stumbled upon…

 

Star Wars – the force accounted

Recently a friend of mine sent me this, a link to Bloomberg’s article on Star Wars, or in particular, counting the number of times and length of anything to do with the Force in all Star Wars movies (till the upcoming one, of course).

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As a Star Wars fan and as a mathematician, this was a very nice exercise. I especially liked that they mapped the Force into specific abilities. This made me think about looking at these abilities and see whether I can map them to Agile.

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So here is my try to do just that – The force abilities and their Agile counterparts:

Sense: The demonstration of a heightened awareness of the world around the Force user. In Agile: The scrum master’s ability to sense and visualize that there is something wrong that needs to be fixed.

Force Leap: A preternaturally high or long jump, such as Luke Skywalker’s skyrocketing exit from inside a carbon-freezing chamber, or one that appears to require heightened physical awareness and balance. In Agile: The ability to take something that was said and project it to a totally different dimension, finding a solution from a distance.

Force Choke: The often-lethal constriction of another’s windpipe without physical contact, even at a great distance. In Agile: The ability to shut one’s mouth by going down on everything he said or believes.

Force Push: The projection of a moving energy field. In Agile: The ability to overcome obstacles by setting the aside, at least for a while.

Telekinesis: The movement or retrieval of inanimate objects (or droids) without physical contact. In Agile: The same as Force Push, overcoming impediments.

Jedi Mind Trick: The ability to influence the thoughts and behavior of others, using verbal suggestion. In Agile: The agile coaching on people that do not know Agile, is sometimes almost like a mind trick.

Telepathy: The purposeful sending of telepathic messages and the reception of such messages by living, sentient beings. In Agile: The ability to see where things are going, even before they happen.

Burst of Speed: This brief, swift sprint occurs quickly enough to create the illusion of disappearance. In Agile: The ability to be agile, to be quick and welcome change.

Force Spirit: This ability entails communication with the living by a deceased Force user, counted both when the manifestation is aural and when it is seen as a ghostly visual projection. In Agile: The ability to talk with the agile community, work with them and learn from the elders.

Force Lightning: The projection of intense, violent energy from the user’s fingers. In Agile: Well, couldn’t find something appropriate for this one. It’s a dark side trade anyway…

 

Two weeks to go

It is so exciting.

Two weeks from now plus a few hours, my brother and I are going to see the long awaited 7th (!!) episode of Star Wars. Han Solo – I missed you.

Till then, I recently discovered that waze added a new voice to their list, this time of C3PO…

Please turn right, Master.

Of course I had to download it and use it since then, and my children like it very much.

 

The Agile Games

I have recently been looking for new games that help to explain Agile, both as the organizational Scrum Master in SQream Technologies, and as a father of a nine year old boy, that needs his father to explain and demonstrate what he is doing at school.

More than six years ago, when I did my Scrum Master course, Idice participated in the micro management game (the one with a manager micro managing the worker to avoid obstacles) and it was quite a nice experience. I also “created” my own game, the dice game, which I use when I run mini Scrum workshops, but I was always looking for good games that can explain much better than slides and talks. What can I say, I love games, especially board games…

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One game that attracted my attention is the “Ball point game” which looks very promising. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am very much looking forward to try it out soon. Link to “Ball Point Game”

A few other games I found on the web are:

And lastly, though not all the games are clear, and I think the language is in Dutch, I find this video very interesting to watch, especially because of the soundtrack…

There are many more games out there, and I would love to hear about your favorite, so you are more than welcome to comment here or write to me about them.

Going to an Agile conference with a lecture on Star Wars!! How Exciting

In the beginning of next year, I am going to attend an Agile Practitioners conference here in Tel Aviv.

One of the lectures is going to be:

The Empire Tests First – Making a Star Wars Movie

How exciting is that?!?

See more details here

THE AGILE MANIFESTO IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE

Next week there is a talk in the Agile Testing Days in Germany titled:

THE AGILE MANIFESTO IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE

Here is a link: link to talk

What better way to study the Agile Manifesto, than in the fun and easily understandable context of Star Wars?!

Would have loved to be there…