About a year ago, I went to a training given by Sandra Bouckaert and Lydie van de Laar on the basics of Deep Democracy. My wife was 35 weeks pregnant and I was working on a project with worryingly limited financing so I was not exactly in the perfect 'zen' mindset for a day of mind-battering brainstorming. I expected to leave the day dazed and confused, yet found myself in the car buoyed up and even excited about what I had just experienced.
Deep Democracy is a method developed in South Africa at the end of the apartheid regime and specializes in getting minority views heard. It is concurrently a team-building tool and an ideation tool.
Roughly translated as ‘every country has the
government it deserves’ - I am getting used to the idea that this may be
truer than even Joseph de Maistre may have meant.
I don’t just mean that all our politicians are power-hungry
narcissists (something I might not deny), but I mean that humans have,
throughout the ages, had leaders that have been created by their
followers. The leaders that floated up, simply had properties that made
them buoyant in the social climate that they were in.
Usually this quote is used to complain about the corrupt nature of
democracy, but that is actually not what I mean. I mean it more as an emergent property of the masses, that leaders emerge simply because of certain properties (or perhaps lack thereof like ‘Captain Me’).
Perhaps this clip by ‘CrazyRussianHacker’ can explain what I mean.
A not-so-recent post by user story god Mike Cohn drifted into my
timeline today. I had just finished a user story mapping session at a
ended our user story mapping session with three user stories as
candidates for top-of-backlog that would clearly bring huge value to our
client and a whole wall full of user stories that ranged from pretty
cool to utterly pointless. In the evening I also received a bunch of
time-sheets telling me how each team member had spent their hours. How are
these two related?
Being a workaholic
I'm Dennis and I'm a recovering workaholic. I've had some pretty bad
binges. I once worked so hard that I forgot when I had last eaten. My
wife had to tell me that it had probably been more than 36 hours as I
had left for the office the day before without breakfast and I hadn't
left the office except for a quick cat-nap in between. I had a headache
and was a bit dizzy but she had to point out to me that that probably had to …