Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your familyby Chris KeelingSeptember 12, 201982 Comments Related posts: A 12-year-old app developer | Thomas Suarez Episode 1 – Anders Hejlsberg: A craftsman of computer language 6 reasons why i love being a software engineer Lec 4 | MIT 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Fall 2008 Tags:andChildrenCultureengineeringFamilymanagementparentingParentssoftwareTED TalkTED TalksTEDTalkTEDTalksthattheyouth 82 thoughts on “Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family” Burgled February 26, 2013 at 1:41 am uh wut Reply thedarkener February 26, 2013 at 1:48 am A business technique to improve your family life…and next up, a whale tells us how to lose weight. Reply DrChop February 26, 2013 at 2:07 am Now I wish I had a family… Reply Truthiness231 February 26, 2013 at 2:11 am He keeps talking but he's not saying anything… he wants us to be able to easily recursively improve our family cohesion, why doesn't he say that without the 17 minutes of padding? Reply Sean8033 February 26, 2013 at 2:18 am This might work if she is not a giant BITCH let alone agile . Reply Thang Tran February 26, 2013 at 2:22 am If a dumb person told you 2 + 2 = 4, is he wrong because he's dumb? Reply Thang Tran February 26, 2013 at 2:23 am If a fat person told you not eating would lead you to lose weight, is he wrong because he's fat? Reply Kram1032 February 26, 2013 at 2:30 am Why are these things so easy and so tough at the same time? Reply John Mills February 26, 2013 at 2:58 am what is adjul? is it code for agile? Reply Anton Canitz February 26, 2013 at 3:37 am Can't tell if trolling or confused. Either way, thanks for the lulz. Reply DaJaguar February 26, 2013 at 3:40 am 11:30 Madam, I think you forgot your SHOCK facial muscles on! hahah Reply Marko Kraguljac February 26, 2013 at 4:06 am Much more needs to change. Job and status obsessed docile-mill drones cannot become best parents they can be by employing business techniques. Most of them are anyway grown up kids (in a bad sense) themselves… beyond redemption. Reply OpiatedBliss February 26, 2013 at 4:26 am wait a minute… butt secks! Reply Steve Nordquist February 26, 2013 at 5:29 am Ah, yes, there is a critical problem with that in at least two ways. Reply toobrown1 February 26, 2013 at 6:33 am tedtalksdirector, you need to update the title and description. Agile is not a software programming language. It is a methodology – that is being applied to software development. So, in this context, it is a software development lifecycle methodology. Reply ZackGisme February 26, 2013 at 7:19 am these family meetings are dinner everynight no? like sitting down together? since when is that cutting edge? Reply liquidminds February 26, 2013 at 7:29 am I don't think that it only applies to americans. It's a modell, for families who struggle to get organized. But I agree, that the kind of income-situation many US Families face at the moment, definitely doesn't improve family Cohesion. Having a model to organize yourself doesn't even change a lot about that. Reply liquidminds February 26, 2013 at 7:44 am look at the growth-rate of the income-gap in america in the last 10 years. It's ridiculous. A medium income salary could afford a house, 2 kids and 2 cars in the 80s and 90s, but you'd struggle to afford a flat, one kid and one car with two salaries today. But in a way it's self inflicted. Government raised taxes for work and lowered it for financial gain and huge incomes, so the superrich got richer while the poor ones were motivated to take up credits, that again make the rich even richer Reply RakshasaCat February 26, 2013 at 8:19 am If you don't know what 'agile development' is, perhaps you should study it? He's not giving a lecture in the details of the method, he's telling us that the technique is useful for family life. Also, Tolstoy story was about a brother who spent his whole life trying to improve himself and his surroundings, first as a child consumed with trying to find the magic stick, then later as an adult who came to see the profound insight into happiness the childish story provided. Reply tyotypic February 26, 2013 at 8:48 am He's selling the idea to non-programmers, jerk. Reply tyotypic February 26, 2013 at 8:51 am Practically all corporate software development is constructed using an adaption of an Agile technique. The bit with Tolstoy was supposed to tell you about how it's possible to give your life its own meaning and happiness. Reply augusto fagioli February 26, 2013 at 10:06 am already happening, man Reply Theo Starodubov February 26, 2013 at 10:14 am he likes to talk Reply Cure4Living February 26, 2013 at 10:31 am The American perspective of family is… interesting. Reply hellopuppy00 February 26, 2013 at 10:40 am BULLSHIT. family unit and values has gotten weaker. Reply nafterli February 26, 2013 at 11:31 am Profound. I have taken notes for the day I have a family. Either way some of the principles are applicable in my current circumstance and business. Thank you for this once again, i'll keep trying. Reply MakerMike: February 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm It seems as though "Agile development" is the programing equivalent to an even older japanese philosophy used in manufacturing known as Kaizen. Reply StopFear February 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm I am more skeptical about this agile system than some others. Thing is families and kids have successfully produced functioning adults for centuries and no particular tradition particularly created bad societies. The speaker is trying to convince the audience that they "need " this system for their kids, but not why. Evidence that it works for all families is not given either. Reply Malcolm Pagett February 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm I don't think there should for all families. I think there is no one-size fits all solution to fixing family problem or making a good family better. Reply wevenhuis February 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm Nice empowerment story for families. I cannot ignore the feeling that the basis of this story is recent, interesting, data results, of which we do not know what the results will be in 10-15 years. High adaptibility is the often the search in the short-term, but ultimately could not be an adequate result in the longterm. Reply puellanivis February 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm Uh… "waterfall" doesn't mean what you're saying it means… but yes, the system that you're talking about is way better than executives micromanaging… Reply zxihycigdufgg February 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm i don't like this guy, i don't trust him i feel like he is trying to sell me something. Reply WhiteChocolateMocha February 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm Thats the most shitty talk i heard since a long time. That would be a really dull artificial life of have checklist for everything. These large mouths should look at the core of the problem i.e why are people getting busier. This is not normal, pea brain! Reply Bret Kuhns February 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm I believe Kanban is a a visualization method of Kaizen. A lot of agile methods have visual task boards the resemble Kanban boards. Agile techniques are typically more structured and prescribed than Kaizen, but there is definitely a relationship. Reply clearmenser February 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm 0:15 Reply thedarkener February 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm Are you dense, or what? Business != Family. Quite the flippin opposite. Any parents who try to incorporate a business productivity technique to improve their family life needs to check their head. Reply thedarkener February 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm Neither. As a father of two, I get how family life can be very stressing and time consuming. But thinking that some corporate suit knows the best way to manage a FAMILY and keep them happy together is sadly mistaking. Reply Anton Canitz February 27, 2013 at 12:10 am Since you claim not to be trolling, and a father, I'll spare a moment to enlighten you. Corporations have nothing do with it, this is a solution development strategy, most commonly used by programmers. Last I checked, programming wasn't exclusive to for-profit corporations. The whole point is to evolve gradually and often, as there are fewer growing pains and you can react quickly if things don't go as planned. Reply thedarkener February 27, 2013 at 1:28 am Hey man, do yourself a favor and go get your nuts clipped. The world doesn't need any more "solution development strategies" for parents. It's human nature. If you can't detach from corporate mentality and strategy when it comes to procreation, it's probably best you stick to fapping to porn. Reply MrRichieRichieRichie February 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm I love this guy! This is amazing!!!! Thanks TED Reply MrRichieRichieRichie February 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm This guy is giving business advice as well as family advice, how can some of you not see this? I guess you weren't on the check list…. Reply MrRichieRichieRichie February 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm That's completely avant garde acrimony Reply MrRichieRichieRichie February 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm i bet you look in the mirror plenty, I bet you don't trust your reflection… Reply MrRichieRichieRichie February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm more like heavily uneducated and lack of elegance with life. Reply zxihycigdufgg February 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm you just contradicted yourself with 1 sentence, well done. Reply Dennis Tudor February 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm family is a 2 member job. 1 member to produce viable income and 1 member to take care of house and family. When both or only parent(s) work a 30-40+ work week there is no energy left to do the 30-40+ hour work week that taking care of house and family needs to run and function properly. When house and family are not taken care of we see things like unhealthy sanitary and behavioral habits children have to grow up and take on responsibilities they are not ready for and family cohesion break down. Reply MelegantMe February 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm It's the art of persuasive essay writing. You start out with a Logos, fact based appeal (statistics on what kids want), and then to an Ethos, credibility based appeal (where he works, and his success), and finally to the emotional appeal, the Pathos. The reason for this is because the audience he is speaking to may or not take what he says to heart unless he has convinced them to open their minds. Here on the internet, we have selected this video because it already appealed to us. But not there. Reply Mystery207 February 28, 2013 at 4:08 am Meanwhile the Super rich are laughing their asses off Reply Mystery207 February 28, 2013 at 4:09 am Thank the lord us bottom feeders have TeD Talks Reply Yu Lee Ahn February 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm doing away with all the technical aspects of this method and how to implement it i think the point here is treat your kids as human beings not like your home appliances that you scream at when they dont work like you want them too…you wouldnt beat up or scream at your work colleagues why should you do that with your children Reply kmarinas86 March 1, 2013 at 3:40 am He was describing an experiment and case studies. He was telling us why and how agile programming helps families, not just that "it is". Reply Frost Proof March 1, 2013 at 8:59 am You don't have the intellectual capacity to produce results from education. Hence why your family most likely has all those problems…. He produced with variables possibly one million ways to increase agility and happiness. Reply Truthiness231 March 1, 2013 at 9:20 am What are you talking about? Reply LPhase9 March 1, 2013 at 11:00 am In complete agreement, this in its own right is half the problem with Modern society – a need to worship methods and practices because they are being justified by some new study, but as far as human culture is concerned were always known. The best way to solve a problem is the practical way, do what works. You just have to care enough to keep trying. Reply Leonidas GGG March 3, 2013 at 12:48 am Listening to your kids and valuing their input… Tell that to my parents! Reply kirank March 3, 2013 at 4:20 am Great talk. Will be implementing some of this with my family. Reply Paul Weathers March 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm Why do I feel like I am buying a used car? Reply jdinstlouis March 4, 2013 at 3:04 am amen, brother!! Reply Thang Tran March 4, 2013 at 10:56 am Could you elaborate? I don't understand what you meant. Reply Pramesh Iyer March 6, 2013 at 12:57 am Stress is Contagious. Parents should adapt to switch Roles and Emotions when they are at home with family. Reply MrRichieRichieRichie March 9, 2013 at 3:08 am calm yourself mohamed Reply SixStringUk March 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm First we had Colin Powell telling us that kids love military-like structure and now we're told that they love living in a corporation. Feiler gives an interesting point – kids say they want parents being less stressed and tired – and then pretty much says that it's the kids' fault. And tells us how to teach children to get out of parents' way. Do what you should do without me having to tell you and there will be less screaming, and I'll be less stressed. Everyone's happy! Reply Houda Hamdane March 11, 2013 at 11:40 am Love it! I have been using Agile with my 3 kids for homework time. Wanted my kids to work efficiently and learn a workflow process along with task/time management. My kids were struggling at school, and AGILE/KANBAN helped them! I also made an app for them to help them with applying those methods at home, and make the methods very simple and fun for kids. The app is available for free, sharing it with all parents if interested, the app is called : KanPlan, available in AppStore ! Reply motutak March 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm Awesome vid! I've been enjoying lots of TED Family podcasts. Love the idea of empowering the kids and working/talking about issues together. We've asked our kids about what consequences they would receive.. and yes, the kids usually come up with harder punishments than us parents would! lol. Reply m25a March 20, 2013 at 1:37 am are there any anthropologists out there? this talk along with many other TED talks on human relationships is starting to make me feel that Anthro is an overly underrated discipline Reply ppsh43 March 23, 2013 at 3:26 am Huh? The world rocks! It is far from perfect but I am grateful for being alive in it. Reply ThunderSock March 24, 2013 at 12:18 am Thanks for calling me out on being a jerkbag, I keep forgetting that TED talks are about ideas. Reply happyhugs14 March 24, 2013 at 9:39 am This reminds me of a Time Magazine article I read just today about the change in the way cancer research is now being conducted. It's amazing when you make these connections about the world 🙂 Reply Lucius Dark April 4, 2013 at 12:07 am I have been a software engineer for 30 years. Agile doesn't work for everyone. Not everyone performs well with the team approach. Not every family member likes to be "warm and fuzzy". The goal of a family is not to make a profit or avoid problems. Love cannot exist under such structures – maybe slavery – but not love. Reply Amira Boussaada April 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm scrum at home ! cooool 🙂 Reply shr3jn January 11, 2015 at 8:48 am Very nice talk!! Reply ravi kode January 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm Any free software to download?… which we can use for the family Reply Sarah Short February 11, 2015 at 8:05 am The simple concept proves true.. a happy worker is a product and loyal worker. The problem is getting management to buy into these policies that promote the flexibility to enhance worker satisfaction. Reply adriana nilo July 6, 2015 at 2:14 am Wonderful!!! Reply Joanne Costa January 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm just had first family agile meeting wasn't expecting great results but it went really well. have a whiteboard full of things to achieve this week. Reply Vern How Chan December 7, 2016 at 7:31 am interesting concept, I was googling for what is Agile and this came up. amusing in a certain sense. Reply 100 Rental Cars October 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm Thanks Bruce. I really enjoyed your talk and I'm looking forward to reading your book! Reply Good is the enemy of Great January 8, 2018 at 9:37 am Love your concept Bruce! You tested and tried it and it proves effective. The best part of your speech from 11:25 ! Will give it a go in our household. Reply Sociedad del Bienestar Mutuo, SBM January 24, 2018 at 10:14 pm As a follow-up, Harvard Business Review has a great article on this topic as a whole if anyone is interested – http://bit.ly/1EXcNv8 Reply Joanna Lukaszuk January 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm enjoyable and very to-the-point :)) Reply Kristine Schow February 26, 2019 at 4:34 am We have been giving this a go in our family. The kids seem to love the control they have in the family dynamic and it has created less stress for me as a Mom. We held on to what was already working in our family and we added this great framework as well. I am learning so much more. Thank you so much for sharing! Reply Silke von der Bruck July 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm I love the way this talk sparks discussions about Agile in parenting. You can find a full review on my Blog (in German): https://agile-parenting.de/meine-familie-ist-kein-programm-eine-kritik/ Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.