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Weeknote: week 48, 2022

As the year’s end draws near, I’ve been considering how to improve as a Scrum Master. That’s another hat that I wear at work – a hat I’ve taken on since Q2 of this year. My initial focus was to im...

Use Packer to automate setting up tooling for local dev machine

TL;DR: in which I use HashiCorp’s Packer to automate installing and configuring many developer tools for my local dev environment on Windows. And detailing it on GitHub. Why? My laptop frequently ...

Run github actions workflows locally using act

I’m spending more time recently working with GitHub actions and runners. I’ve found it helpful to test the GitHub Actions workflows on my local dev machine to get quick feedback and to also not pop...

Swyx “Swipes file” strategy akin to Stratechery’s “ladder-up”

It occurred to me that Shawn (swxy)‘s approach to Swipes Files is a scaled-down version of the “ladder-up” strategy that Ben Thompson uses when explaining how Netflix started. The starting point i...

Use books to practice Wardley Mapping

In practising to create and use Wardley Maps, “what should I map?” is a common nagging question we encounter. Books or articles furnish us with material we can use to deal with it. We get to pract...

Links to Wardley Maps for my Map Camp 2021 talk

I used onlinewardleymaps.com to create and walk through the maps for my talk at Map Camp 2021. The theme was “Challenging Orthodoxy.” As for the tool, I took inspiration from Adrian Cockcroft, who ...

Wardley Maps—illustrated through Gerstner—Part 3, Loop 2

In this post, I’ll go through the second loop of the Strategy Cycle covered in Gerstner’s book Who Says Elephants can’t Dance (amazon affiliate link), chapters 8 to 10 with Wardley Maps. He gives u...

Relating Wardley Mapping to the Theory of Constraints

This post is the result of having taken up Ben Mosior‘s offer to help unblock writer’s block. Looks like it worked 😉 We ended up talking about Wardley Mapping, the Theory of Constraints, and the r...

Wardley Maps with Business Model Canvas and Capital Flows

TLDR; we talk about the business model canvas, how the Income Statements corresponds to parts of it, how both correspond to and can be shown on a Wardley Map. Based on Dr. Alistair Moore’s presenta...

Wardley Maps—an Illustration from Gerstner’s book —Part 2

The second loop around the Strategy Cycle is in chapters 8-10 of Lou Gerstner’s book, “Who Says Elephants can’t Dance,” in which he summarises his plan in the following sentence: “I turned my a...