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Blogs and Ted Talks

I’ve been reading or listening to a number of interesting things this week and wanted to share some of that here.

I’ve found several interesting blogs (including a couple that I reblogged earlier today) on topics related to my work.  There are some wonderfully creative and insightful people out there involved in user-experience and user-interface design, Agile software development, and product management and if these things interest you as well I encourage you to check out some of the things I’ve tweeted or blogged about recently.

I have also been both reading about and listening to more on the topic of diversity and inclusion.  With this as a central theme for my company in 2015 there are a number of folks talking about these topics and sharing links with each other to articles, TED talks, and other sources of information.  Here are a few of the things I’ve come across in the past week:

And here are some key insights I gleaned from them:

  • It’s not about lowering the bar but about widening the funnel for finding top candidates
  • Diversity and inclusion must be values not just compliance issues
  • Sometimes we need ‘misfits’ rather than ‘culture fits’
  • We have to be committed to really listening if we are going to learn from each other

These are complex topics and I find it valuable to listen to lots of points of view.  I hope you find some of this interesting as well, since in truth it’s not that simple.

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2 thoughts on “Blogs and Ted Talks

  1. Thank you for sharing these links, I was recently thinking about the same things. I was not aware companies now started caring about diversity so much. I am rather nervous about applying to US company for a scrum master/agile change agent position, as I think ‘culture fit’ is very important for such roles(may be I am wrong?). But I want to try dealing with it, finally. May be it is not so scary and I can still be a good fit or, better to say, good “misfit”? 😀

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