Happiness battleground: an agile world of chained sprints versus a determined world of free spirits

Instead of assigning teams of excellence certain sprints to build minimally viable products, we could be employing individuals to freely explore the issue with independent determination. This determination and independence is characteristic of following the muses where the muses will lead a path into areas of incompetence or uncertain capabilities. The muses will lead to discoveries that we can not anticipate. It is those discoveries that offer the promise to solve the big problems we face not only within government but also in business. These discoveries are the antithesis of the minimally viable product that can be selected in advance. Pursuit of discovery (or following the muses) means we can’t anticipate the results. The results may involve new skills we did not bring to the project. The results may involve something incompatible with any existing team of excellence.

Workforce participation and the passion for work

The advice of following a passion may translate to the idea of following a muse. Mike Rowe has a point in that this may be bad advice. We judge the advice to be bad advice when it doesn’t lead to success in life. As illustrated in the example of playing multi-player computer games, the advice to follow that kind of muse will not result in financial or career success. Some people may not see financial or career success as something that will give them happiness. If Aristotle is correct in defining ultimate good as happiness, career or financial success may get in the way. True happiness may be in the pursuit of the muses in obscure poverty. For those who measure happiness that way, then following the muses may be exactly the right advice. The right advice is to pursue happiness by following the muses even if that requires dropping out of the labor market.

Just in Time Scheduling and rising part time employment

This article describes the consequences of uncertain work hours resulting from what is described as just-in-time scheduling.   The discussion is specific to retail industries that are using data analysis tools to predict the needs for staffing based on historical trends.   These tools leads to more flexible employment contracts where the employee agrees to work…

Labor Participation: What’s the Job?

This post is continuing my earlier contemplation of what may be behind lower labor force participation rates, using my perspective on the outside of the participation fence.   But as with recent notes, I’m drawing on personal anecdotes rather than pretending to have some broader insight. Today’s topic is the apparent disconnect between getting through…

Nothing Personal

In my previous post on diversity in the workplace, I described a difference of expectations for diversity.   My view of diversity is to foster exchange of ideas that are relevant to advancing the mission of the team. The contrary view is that diversity encourages people to replace old forms of identity with an new…