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Persons, Products, and How We Discuss Them

February 13th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We thank the person. We comment on the product. And we let everyone know that is what we do here. Persons accomplish the work in endeavors. Persons use tools, sometimes they are really cool and expensive ones, but persons ultimately accomplish the work. The outcome of the work is a product (sometimes […]

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Tags: Authentic · Communication · People · Respect · Work


January 16th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Is this real? Is this a fake? Sometimes politicians and other childlike creatures show a firm grasp of the obvious. Mr. Trump did this recently with a comment about writing a note on paper and having it hand delivered. Aside from security, there is the attribute of authenticity. authentic: adjective, of undisputed […]

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Tags: Authentic · Communication

The Gift of Expectations

December 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the best gifts to give another is that they expect you to be consistent. This holds for managers on the job as well as grandparents at home. ‘Tis the season to give. Consider giving someone the ability to expect you to be consistent. Let’s start with Grandparents: When my (absolutely […]

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Tags: Authentic · Expectations · Family · Management · Work

When Documentation is More Valuable than Working Software

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Working software is more valuable than documentation—except when it isn’t. And we have Dwayne’s Declaration. Part of the Agile Manifesto states: We…value working software over comprehensive documentation Some of us are old enough to have known this years before the manifesto was manifest. Of course we wanted working software, except when we […]

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Tags: Agility · Analysis · Authentic · Communication · Engineering · Management · Thinking · Work


April 25th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I encourage managers and other influence-rs to speak to their colleagues in the place where the colleagues are most comfortable. I encourage managers and other to speak with each of their colleagues. I find two points here: First, speak to your colleagues everyday. If nothing special is happening, talk about “the weather.” […]

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Tags: Authentic · Consulting · People · Trust · Uncategorized · Work


March 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Probably the best preparation is to be prepared to be unprepared. I prepare. I plan. I am ready. I drive some people nuts with these habits. Somewhere along the line I learned that I was never prepared for everything. Hence, I became prepared for that, too. I learned to be prepared to […]

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Tags: Adapting · Authentic · Process · Reaction

Logical Implication, Lying, and Distrust

December 5th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I explore another aspect of logical implication and how lying permits people to construct all sorts of crazy stories. Background: If logical implication makes no sense to you, and it made no sense to me for years, I point to two prior blog posts that I hope will help you understand this […]

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Tags: Adults · Authentic · Communication · Government

Adults Coloring, Yes Coloring Books

October 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In an attempt to go back to reality, adults are returning to coloring books. Everyone has a smartphone, a tablet, a computer, or all of these. You move the mouse, the cursor moves, and lines and colors and all that appear on the screen. Press control-P and the printer produces the paper […]

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Tags: Adults · Authentic · Breathe · Writing

Proudly Inefficient

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes, we just plain do things that are inefficient by choice for the better. Sometimes we are going to do some things where we don’t care about scaling to gain efficiency. Sometimes we won’t video record the talk to play it later to millions of persons. Sometimes we are going to spend […]

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Tags: Authentic · Choose · Integrity · People · Scale


March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Is this person who and what they claim? Is this person authentic? The term “authenticity” is being tossed about much recently. I once worked in a job where determining the authenticity of a person was important. I struggled to understand what that meant. Here is some of what I learned. Is this […]

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Tags: Authentic · Communication