If you have always felt encumbered by your current property lease which keeps you far too long in one place – the world after all is for us to travel – then check out this new startup ROAM who’s proposing a new way for you to lease living spaces.Roam FastCo.jpg

They are already operating in Madrid, Miami and Bali and plan to expand to 8-10 locations by 2017. They are not offering remote residential lease. They are giving us the experience of co-living with a shared community, something which is very crucial when we moved to a new place, especially one that’s far away from where we are.

Read more about them in this FastCompany write-up about ROAM.

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We never win anything by just finishing on time.
~ Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton on Finishing

Agile Malaysia August 2013 Meetup
Venue: MYOB Bangsar South

Back in August last year, the instalment of the Agile Malaysia meetup returned to MYOB’s office in Bangsar South. On the agenda for the night was 1) sharing of some takeaways from the Agile Lean Penang trip, and 2) introduction of Lean Coffee to the group.

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QAKL is a group of QA enthusiast, started by Chong Fong Kai (2012) and they meet monthly to share anything related to Quality Assurance or Testing. Last Wed was their first gathering to kickstart 2014 and I was there to check out the crowd and explore how MYOB could contribute to this community.

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The Agile Malaysia meetup group received a surprised invite from Joseph Chee about an Agile Lean Conference happening up north in Penang on the 23rd July last year. Not much details were initially forthcoming except we knew there would be a few external speakers – Michael James (Collabnet), Nagendra Kumar (McAfee) and Evan Leybourn – and a number of internal speakers from Intel all set for this event.

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Most of you would have heard of Robin Sharma. Many would have read one or two of his books. Thru one of my Facebook contacts’ sharing, I stumbled upon one of his many inspiring articles; this seems the most relevant given we are just kicking off this brand new year and everyone’s busy making resolutions to make this their best year!

My question to you: why not think bigger and make resolutions to make yours a GREAT LIFE? 😛

Allow me to share Robin’s 60 Tips for a Stunningly Great Life with you. A simple checklist of 60 things that Robin believes if we practice them every day, will help us on your way to making our life a great life!

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Agile Malaysia (Facebook) is a meetup group started by Andy Kelk back in 2011 (when he was at iProperty). It went through a hiatus in 2012 until I met up with Andy to discuss about kickstarting this meetup group again.

Our rationale and purpose behind reactivating this group is simple; as proponents of the Agile (& Lean) movement as the approach to build high performing software development team, both of us understood in order to have a talent pool of Agile developers in the local market (and to grow this talent pool), we first have to start a community of practice of likeminded individuals to engage in a process of collective sharing & learning of each other’s experience along the AGILE journey.

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Self-organized Kaizen

September 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

While “self-organized team” is a well-known Agile concept that’s very much sought after, having teams that truly self-organized do require often a mindset change from both the team members and their manager.

Usually that means getting the team to self-manage the backlog, work out the task dependencies among themselves, pull through issues together as a cross-functional team etc. I’m sure you have read enough about getting teams to self-organize in their delivery work. But what about self-organizing outside of the delivery process?

Let me share with you some recent initiatives taken with the team where they practice their own self-organization outside of an Agile delivery team.

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An interesting post from Don Peppers in LinkedIn today on how fragile or otherwise a business is brought my attention to this book “Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder“. I’ve been following Don Peppers since his classic book “The One to One Future” but this is something else.

We probably understood “fragility” but what’s “anti-fragile” especially from a business context? Taleb, the author of the above book states that “anti-fragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

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TedXKL 2013

July 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

When I came across this event, I’d thought I was late to the party. Glad they’ve sold only about 2/3 of their 1,500 seats. 🙂

TED is well-knowned for it’s inspiring webcast which have touched most of our lives. I like TED because it’s not a technology-centric community and you don’t get to hear just IT fellas talking on a stage (not that I’m saying IT fellas are boring).

It’s thru TED I discovered Daniel Pink and his book “DRIVE“. If you are looking for a book that explains how to drive intrinsic engagement & motivation in an individual, you should check out his book or better still, just watch this TED webcast from Daniel.

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