I think the TED organisation is brilliant, and you’ll find me linking to them often on these pages.
As someone who used to work in IT, I know how many non-computer people glaze over when the subject comes up. So Bruce Feiler is a brave man for giving a TED Talk showing how you can use Agile software development techniques on your family.
In [Agile development], companies don’t use large, massive projects that take two years. They do things in small chunks. Nothing takes longer than two weeks. So instead of saying, “You guys go off into that bunker and come back with a cell phone or a social network,” you say, “You go off and come up with one element, then bring it back. Let’s talk about it. Let’s adapt.” You succeed or fail quickly. Today, agile is used in a hundred countries, and it’s sweeping into management suites. Inevitably, people began taking some of these techniques and applying it to their families.
Feiler uses the same principles in bringing up his children – and believes it works.
As he concludes at the end of his talk, you need to take small steps, and accumulate small wins.
It’s well worth a watch.