Sustainable pace

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What is sustainable pace?

Sustainable Pace is an essential part of both Extreme Programming and the Agile Manifesto. In contrast to aspects like Test-Driven Development or Continuous Integration, Sustainable Pace is less known, less formalized, and thus is often perceived as fuzzy or diffuse. Origins The concept behind…

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September 22nd, 2014

Zen and the Art of Consciousness (Susan Blackmore, 2011)

You may have read my review of Susan Blackmore's book "Consciousness - a very short introduction". As I'm keen on getting a better idea about the purpose of meditation, I was delighted she had written a book in which she describes her approach to understanding consciousness through…

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September 3rd, 2014

A Rembrandt in your living-room (The Six Collection, Amsterdam)

When you find yourself strolling along the Amstel river in Amsterdam, make sure to peek through the windows of the rather unremarkable building at Amstel 218: They have an original Rembrandt painting in their living-room. It is the Portrait of Jan Six, one the most remarkable paintings of the 17th…

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August 31st, 2014

Art is Therapy (Alain de Botton & John Armstrong, 2014)

When you go to a museum, they have a very clear idea about how art should be experienced: You follow a pre-defined route through several anti-septic rooms, and take a short glimpse on far too many exhibits, and move on quickly. Everything is labeled meticulously with the artist name and the…

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August 24th, 2014

Consciousness - A very short introduction (2005, Susan Blackmore)

Having been inspired by the book "The Meme Machine" in the past, I was happy to find out its author Susan Blackmore had also written a book on consciousness, a subject I wanted to learn more about. When you think about it, it's problematic to define what consciousness is, as consciousness itself…

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August 18th, 2014

Organize for Complexity (2014, Niels Pflaeging)

The first time I came along the distinction between "complex" and "complicated" was in Jurgen Appelo's Management 3.0: The difference is that the outcome of complicated systems is still predictable, while that of complex systems is not. In our age of connectedness and rapid change we have to deal…

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