Thursday, 14 April 2011

Speak Up!

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Practices of an Agile Developer (Neill Alexander) (Hunt Subramaniam)
- Highlight Loc. 329-32  | Added on Friday, April 01, 2011, 07:49 AM

We all have some good ideas and some bad ideas, and everyone on the team needs to feel free to express them. Even if your idea is not fully taken up, it may help shape the solution. Don't be afraid of being criticized. Remember, everyone who became an expert started somewhere. In the words of Les Brown, "You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great."
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Even if the idea that you come up with isn't adopted, it may trigger someone else in the room to come up with a better idea. And that may in turn trigger someone else. Inspiration comes from the funniest places.

I've read a few Edward de Bono books in my time where he talks about using nonsense words to trigger lateral thinking e.g. foo a bike with square wheels might lead someone to think about active suspension in a bike.

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