Merry Christmas!

miracleThis blog entry is being posted on Wednesday, December 23 at noon MST.  Why?  Because I don’t plan to be on my computer very much, if at all, between then and sometime on December 28th.  Between those two dates I intend to watch my favorite movie a number of times.  Yes, my favorite movie of all time is “Miracle on 34th Street” in the original black and white version.  It has been my favorite movie for as long as I can remember.

One of the reasons I like the movie is because in many ways I can relate to the character portrayed by a very young Natalie Wood.  She goes from being very logical and not believing to believing with all her heart because she sees something which literally transforms her thinking.  This happens to me all the time.  I like to think I’m pretty open-minded about things, but a lot of the time I’m really not that open-minded.  Instead I am like Susan Walker (Wood’s character) who is completely consumed with logic and what she knows she knows.  Fortunately, like little Susan I can be persuaded, it just isn’t easy.  It takes something pretty big and special.  Fortunately that happens a lot!

When a transforming event occurs it changes my life and makes me a better person.  This has happened to me in all areas of life including business, personal relationships, sports and anything else you can name.  I’m always thankful for all of those great events.  At this time of year I try to take the time to appreciate them all more fully and part of that is enjoying personal and spiritual time with the people I care most about.  So, despite the fact I love interacting with those of you out there in cyberspace, it is time for me to take some time away this week and be with family and friends.

Until next time I hope you are Making Agile a Reality® by remembering to be sustainable (don’t work overtime this week!) and enjoying life while appreciating work.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas or at least enjoy this time of year (depending on your spiritual beliefs).  I know for me it is truly the most wonderful time of the year!

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Bob Hartman

Known as Agile Bob, brings over 30 years of experience and broad industry knowledge cultivated by serving in almost every role in the software industry including developer, tester, documentation writer, trainer, product manager, project manager, business analyst, senior software engineer, development manager and executive. Over the past 15 years Bob has grown from being an early adopter of Agile to his current status as a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach℠ (CEC) and an expert in training, coaching and mentoring across all areas of Agile development. Bob is a popular speaker, having spoken at numerous major conferences, seminars, workshops and user group meetings where his engaging style, holistic view of development and personal anecdotes are always well received by attendees.

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