About John Black

Currently interested in art, computing, management, social media, games, science, politics, music, animation, internet, business, flow, dance, running, parenting - but it changes often.

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  • John shared from A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox by Scientific American Editors
    Nothing in known physics corresponds to the passage of time.
    Note: "Nothing in known physics corresponds to the passage of time." Time just is, like space-no "passage"
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
    You can imagine how upper management treated my guys. There was a lot of screaming and micromanaging and passive-aggressive behavior and demands for harder work and overtime. But no matter how much management pressed, the projects were still chronically late, still over budget, and not delivering what they were supposed to. I decided the best option was for us to change everything. The operation was too broken to fix piecemeal, so I decided to make a company within a company.
    Note: "I decided the best option was to change everything."
  • John shared from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Arun Gandhi
    I have since identified a specific approach to communicating—both speaking and listening—that leads us to give from the heart, connecting us with ourselves and with each other in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. I call this approach Nonviolent Communication, using the term nonviolence as Gandhi used it—to refer to our natural state of compassion when violence has subsided from the heart.
    Note: "...the term nonviolence as Gandhi used it - to refer to our natural state of compassion..."
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
    The use of the phrase “agile methodology” shows just how little the IG knew about Scrum. The term “Agile” dates back to a 2001 conclave where I and sixteen other leaders in software development wrote up what has become known as the “Agile Manifesto.” It declared the following values: people over processes; products that actually work over documenting what that product is supposed to do; collaborating with customers over negotiating with them; and responding to change over following a plan. Scrum is the framework I built to put those values into practice. There is no methodology.
    Note: Scrum is framework built to put values of the Agile Manifesto into practice. There is no methodology
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
    Scrum embraces uncertainty and creativity. It places a structure around the learning process, enabling teams to assess both what they’ve created and, just as important, how they created it.
    Note: Embrace uncertainty and creativity with #scrum
  • John shared from Make Your Mark: The Creative's Guide to Building a Business with Impact (The 99U Book Series 3) by Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U
    Because, at the end of the day, it’s not about building up your ego or nailing the next massive IPO; it’s about making something that matters.
    Note: "At the end of the day...it's about making something that matters.
  • John shared from Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise
    Today's world runs at a faster pace than ever before, and we all seem to be more stressed out as a result. Life is imperfect, and it’s impossible to navigate it without some stress. The question that most people never think to ask is, “How does stress impact my habits?” Stress has been shown to increase habitual behavior—for better or worse! Two experiments at UCLA and one at Duke University found that stress increased people's gravitation toward habitual behavior.
    Note: "Stress has been shown to increase habitual behaviors -for better or for worse!"
  • John shared from The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
    In the chaos of sport, as in life, process provides us a way. It says: Okay, you’ve got to do something very difficult. Don’t focus on that. Instead break it down into pieces. Simply do what you need to do right now. And do it well. And then move on to the next thing. Follow the process and not the prize.
    Note: "Follow the process and not the prize."
  • John shared from The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
    obstacles are not only to be expected but embraced.
    Note: Obstacles are ....to be embraced
  • John shared from The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator's Guide to Creativity (Voices That Matter) by Marty Neumeier
    When you lead people from what is to what could be with a simple story, they can more easily imagine themselves playing a role. And if you give them a clear illustration of the happily-ever-after moment, they’ll carry it in their minds as they go forward. Where there’s a way, there’s often a will.
    Note: Where there is a way, there is often a will.
(Charlottesville, VA)
John Black
Web Page: www.kashori.com