Category Archives: Teaching

Guerrilla Time Schedule

Every once in a while I find a tool that does its job way better than anything else around. This is the case with the Guerrilla Time Schedule, a student-built tool that helps people navigate the otherwise complicated class schedules … Continue reading

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“Everybody” Improves Whole Systems

I am always looking out for simple models that illuminate more effective ways of acting, especially when they relate to teams and organizations since these are the units of work in today’s world. Thus, I was pleased when I came … Continue reading

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BootCamp Artwork

Want to create great products together? Want to be more innovative or creative? Do artwork. With your team. This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of hosting and being part of the UW Bothell Innovation and Creativity BootCamp, … Continue reading

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Is Designing a Course the Same as Designing a Product?

After class last week, a student asked me “Is designing a course the same as designing a product?” “Yes,” I replied, “they are both quite similar though there are some differences. They both have users. However, courses are rarely designed … Continue reading

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Build Your Own Agile Modeling Process

At the Scrum Gathering in Seattle in May, I was quite taken by Adam Weisbart’s open space session on his simple “Build Your Own Scrum” exercise. I had not intended to join his session, until I wandered by near the … Continue reading

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Another test of team whiteboards

A couple of weeks ago I was grading papers in the beautiful “vista” portion of our hallway here: It’s a lovely place to sit and work. The light is great, and my eyes can scan over the seasonal changes in … Continue reading

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Liberating Structures

I attended a fascinating session yesterday: Feet on the Ground, Shooting for the Moon, Design Thinking, Positive Deviance & Liberating Structures in Action by Keith McCandless, Mary Katica & Molly Angel. I was impressed. Liberating Structures feels very powerful, inclusive … Continue reading

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Yet more on whiteboards in class

This morning I bumped into Diane Gillepsie. Diane is a veteran teacher and professor here at UW Bothell, and the 2010 Winner of the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. I’ve had the pleasure of talking her a few times, … Continue reading

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More on whiteboards in class

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how whiteboards rock in the class I’m teaching on Analysis and Design. Things have progressed since then. The first step started from a conversation in the “vista” portion of our hallway where … Continue reading

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Whiteboards rock

I love whiteboards. When I worked at the Grameen Foundation in 2009, Mary Hausladen and I installed 4 sheets of melamine board to create a 16-foot wide 8-foot tall wall of white boards next to our cubes. Here is a … Continue reading

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