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Entries from February 2010

The MoinMoin Wiki

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments

I have the MoinMoin wiki up and running on a Windows XP machine. I am running a local-only version – no server capability. This was pretty easy and took about 15 minutes. The source for all this is the MoinMoin site. I downloaded the 1.9 release from their download page. This docs page explains how […]

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Tags: Systems · Technology · Wiki

The Easiest Thing to Do

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When faced with a situation on a system-building project, we can find an approach that will work. We can also find many other approaches. Do we choose the better approach or one we personally like? Several years ago, a professional soccer player spent a few afternoons helping to coach one of my […]

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Tags: Culture · Employment · Management · Process

Parking Spaces and Process

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We use process on projects. Aargh, process can be irritating and it can be precious. We are still snowed in here in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. The main roads are clear now, but six to eight inches of snow remain in my yard. Most of us here are sick […]

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Tags: Judgment · Management · Process

Difficult Just Got a Lot Easier … Part 2

February 18th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Events in life and work can be separated widely by time and space. They can also be two parts of the same story. Connected separated events grows valuable knowledge as long as we can make the connection. My family and I were caught in a snow storm in December on Interstate 81. […]

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Tags: Learning · Observation

“Just” Another Reframe

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Building systems, managing efforts, raising kids – these and many other worthwhile endeavors can be difficult. I see no good in attempting to make those things sounds easier than they are. The reframe discussed here changes the description of tasks to be attempted. We will just… I don’t know how many times […]

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Tags: Communication · Management · Reframe · Writing

Magic Words: “For Now”

February 11th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Our works need not be final; we need not be finished with anything. Using a couple of magic words, we can give ourselves a choice of coming back to our work. Consider the statement: I am finished with this. Writers often say this. (I’ll use the example of writers and their writing. […]

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Tags: Choose · Magic · Writing

Can’t or Stopped? Another Reframe

February 8th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is another example of a reframe. In this reframe I change an inability to do something into a choice to attempt it or attempt something else (for a while). Here is another post on reframing things – changing a situation by merely changing the words we use to describe it. I […]

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Tags: Programming · Reframe · Writing

Difficult People

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have worked with many difficult people. Or is it that I have had difficulty working with many different people? The difference is that have used different words. I have reframed the situation. Reframing is a powerful tool when working with difficult people and in difficult situations. About a year ago, I […]

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Tags: People · Reframe

Inspired by Location (or merely attitude)?

February 1st, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Exotic locations inspire writers to great writing. Well, sometimes that happens. What I find more important than location is attitude. A few years ago my wife and I went on a short cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. It was great fun. Such an exotic experience. Who could not help but be […]

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Tags: Writing