Beauty in Work

Every once in a while, I find something beautiful related to my interest in great teams. Here are 2 recent examples.

Yesterday, I was revisiting the Liberating Structures website and took a pause to enjoy the beautiful and authentic images in the slideshow on their homepage. I was especially taken with the layered and semantically rich beauty of their Graphic Tapestries & Facilitation images, such as this one:

One of Keith McCandless's illustrations from the Liberating Structures website.

Then even devote an entire page of their website, Gallery & Aesthetics, to showcase beautiful images. I can admire a group that does things like that.

Today’s discovery was the Group Pattern Language Projectwebsite devoted to the topic of “a pattern language for bringing life to meetings and other gatherings”. Their multi-year collaboration resulted in a beautiful and impressive set of cards describing aspects that help facilitation of group processes. “The Group Works cards express shared wisdom underlying successful approaches that is more specific than general values and less specific than tools and techniques.” Here is one that seemed particularly pertinent to this post:

An example card from the Group Pattern Language Project's deck of 91 full-colour cards.

What would it be like if such beauty was in all of our products? In a similar vein, my colleague Skip Walter asks, “What would business look like if art making were an integral part of work?”

About davidsocha

In autumn 2010 after spending 19 years working in a variety of software organizations as a programmer, architect, manager, teacher, ScrumMaster, product designer, change agent, and agile coach, I finally listened to what everyone had been telling me I should be doing and joined the University of Washington Bothell as an Assistant Professor in Computing & Software Systems. My interests are how to create and maintain great teams, particularly those in software development organizations. I am most interested in distinctions that dramatically increase the effectiveness of teams, such as systems thinking, design thinking, biomimicry, and human centered design. I am a pragmatist, a collaborator, and an optimist.
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One Response to Beauty in Work

  1. Valentin Razmov says:

    Beautiful and thought-provoking! Thank you for sharing, David!
    I am intrigued to see the other 90 cards that resulted from that Group Pattern Language Project.

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