There is an alignment bug / problem on two of the three primary browsers on the Mac, which prevents you from setting a due date on a Google Task created from an email. Firefox works. Safari and, ironically, the Chrome browser from Google both have the problem.
The right-arrow / greater-than-sign to the right of the task renders in the same area as the scroll bar, but the scroll bar wins. So, unless you are using Firefox, you can’t click on that and get to the date and notes dialog box to schedule a deadline for dealing with that email.
The trick is to just go down below to the Actions button / link, and select Edit Details. You can also just select the task in the task list pop-up by clicking in the middle of it, and then pressing Shift-Enter. That will also take you to the edit details dialog.
Here’s a little video for those who want one:
Getting to the Edit Details Dialog for Google Tasks on a Mac
If you out-love and out-respect the people you deal with, you will be less likely to be hurt by others. First, people can sense when you are self-absorbed, and do not respect or care about them, and they will respond accordingly. The whole engagement will begin with their defenses raised and deteriorate as you try to coerce them into attending to your concerns. Secondly, when you love and respect others more than they love and respect you, it makes you less injured or scandalized by any provocation or weakness they actually exhibit. It acts as a force shield of security and well-being. It surrounds you and disarms would-be opponents, transforming them into allies, and often into friends.
[Blurted this out on Facebook yesterday - not sure why - but thought I would share it on my blog site as well]
Here’s a little video illustrating a great exercise for Agile training – also shows why most government agencies and large companies struggle when trying to move to Agile. This team took eight sprints to get into the groove. It’s very easy for some opponent to politically crush or discredit the process while it’s still in the chrysalis. Thanks to the folks who published this.
Other Agile Ball Game Links
Because of the sins of our past, people in the United States are not allowed to participate in sociology. We can study and comment on anthropology, because that’s in the past. As Rafiki says in Lion King, “It doesn’t mattah! It’s in the past!” (Yes, my writings are replete with lofty literary references).
People may practice psychology or psychiatry, whether they have professional credentials, or not. In fact, it seems there is a need for everyone to practice arm-chair psychology to explain away the continuous stream of in-congruent oddities in others and in our world. Perhaps, that’s even what I’m doing now?! We, ourselves, of course, are perfectly normal.
Can’t do sociology, though. No sir. We Americans, can’t go there.
Standard Spin on Story Points
There are a lot of good videos and articles out there about Story Points. They describe in various ways, what the presenter thinks story points are, what they’re good for, and how they’re used. I do not want to repeat that information here, too much. It’s all good stuff, but it always left me hanging.
Sure, I get that Story Points are for mid-range to long-range planning. I get that sizing is needed in the earliest stages of planning, and using “ideal hours” is impractical if not impossible until later, during iteration planning, when architects and engineers can decompose the problem at hand into measurable morsels of work. I get it.
Several things remained fuzzy for me, though, including the following:
- How does a team start sizing with abstract story points?
- How does the suggestion that they use the Fibonacci series for weighting the relative size or difficulty really work?
There’d Better Be!
Hey. One could argue that directly or indirectly your life has been spared, enhanced, or that your comforts and liberties ensured by the sacrificial actions of the Navy Seals. The Navy Seals are for young, healthy, testosterone-laden men, and for my part, I want it to stay that way. Let the Navy Seals be the Navy Seals. God forbid that they ever try to accommodate old men to appease some psychotic notion about discrimination.