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. Read more

Why I want to be a farmer

We all eat.  In fact, producing food is humanity’s largest endeavor. Every year, we produce almost ten trillion pounds of food  — vegetables, fruits grains, meat, fish, mushrooms, eggs…   It swamps other huge industries like cars and trucks, of which we produce a mere 400 billion pounds per year.  According to Toensmeier in The Carbon Farming Solution, about half of the greenhouse gases we produce come from growing, processing, and transporting food.  But there is a flipside: in the wonderful book, Drawdown, we find that changing what we eat, how we grow food and plants can help to restore the planet.  Really: we humans can be part of the solution! Read more