Scrum board

The scrum board is a tool to help a team go through a project efficiently and effectively, with flexibility, while having fun.  Often, in projects, people make a huge project spreadsheet with rows of tasks, organized in order, and time, in weeks or days, going across the top. They fill in the week or days for each task, one following the other, so you get this nice cascade of going down your task list over time. This is called a Gantt chart.  The problem is it never works out as planned. Continue reading “Scrum board”

Project Synthesis Document

After we had agreed that we would work together, Mark said the first thing we should do would be create a Synthesis Document with all the jobs and functions that this project will need to fulfill.  This document will help guide the design – because we will be able to look at the design and check off how all the jobs and functions are going to be met. Continue reading “Project Synthesis Document”

Appropriate Technology

The other day, we had a big snowstorm.  It dumped 12 inches (30 cm) of the white stuff, and made everything very beautiful.  Around here, with snow means snow-shoveling.  As the storm eased up, I headed outside, and grabbed our shovel, which consists of a blue curved metal shaft (ergonomic), a blue plastic handle, and a blue plastic blade. Continue reading “Appropriate Technology”

Learning to share – again

When we are very young, our parents and our teachers teach us to share.  Increasingly, modern social sciences tell us that humans are, by and large, naturally inclined to be cooperative and collaborative, so the nudges given to us as preschoolers have fertile ground to work with. Continue reading “Learning to share – again”

The Gigantic leaf pile

Many people groan when it comes to raking leaves in the Fall, but I don’t get it.  I wait for a beautiful, sunny day after all the leaves have fallen.  Then I go out with my rake, and enjoy being outside, the rhythmic swoosh-swoosh of the rake, and the crunchy rustle of the leaves.  Continue reading “The Gigantic leaf pile”

First official step: a class

I have been dabbling in growing food for many years.  Our yard, which is about 1/3 of an acre, has been gradually converted into a motley collection of fruit and vegetables.  There’s the ramps, fiddleheads, and mushrooms back in the “woods”; the bees under the flowering cherry; the strawberries, currants, apples, sour cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and grapes.  From May to October, we can go out on most days and munch on some fruit or green.  It’s fun and rewarding, but I know that our production is just a fraction of what it could be. Continue reading “First official step: a class”

Community connecting

As I said, one of the exciting aspects of this new endeavor is that there are so many people who are trying to figure out how to grow food in a healthy, equitable, restorative way.  Yesterday, I went to a Meetup hosted by the Boston Food Forest Coalition to work with some fellow farm folks at an Audubon sanctuary in Mattapan (two weeks ago, I attended another BFFC Meetup in Dorchester to plant a food forest on an urban waste plot with about 50 other volunteers and had a lot of fun).  The BFFC is a very active organization that works with neighborhoods and neighbors to plant food forests all around Boston. Continue reading “Community connecting”