MIndfulness, Social Media, Technology

Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It Lindsay McGregorNeel Doshi

HBR OCTOBER 01, 2018 Newsletter

Executive Summary

In the spirit of becoming more adaptive, organizations have rushed to implement Agile software development. But many have done so in a way that actually makes them less agile. These companies have become agile in name only, as the process they’ve put in place often ends up hurting engineering motivation and productivity.

Agile processes go awry, because as companies strive for high performance, they either become too tactical (focusing too much on process and micromanagement) or too adaptive (avoiding long-term goals, timelines, or cross-functional collaboration). The key is balancing both tactical and adaptive performance. Whether you’re an engineer or product manager, here are a few changes to consider to find this balance: 1. Software development should be a no-handoff, collaborative process. 2. The team’s unit of delivery should be minimally viable experiments. 3. The team’s approach should be customer-centric. 4. Use time boxes to focus experimentation and avoid waste. 5. The team should be organized to emphasize collaboration. 6. The team should constantly question their process.


Social Media

Facebook changes measure of success

On several occasions in both the Q3 and Q4 Earnings Calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg outlined that while time spent on the site was hitherto the most important measure of success for the platform, in order to ensure the continued growth of the Facebook community and the company, time well spent on Facebook is now the company’s most important measure of success. Such an admission even 18 months ago would have been unthinkable.3dd


What are the responses to the move to time well spent?

With such a huge shift to the Facebook and digital ecosystem, it is only natural that responses to this should be vocal and virulent. [example post]

I’m obviously in the huge minority but I don’t really care about “connecting” with people, friends or not. I like that I can read articles, learn new things and stay up to date on things I’m interested in. That’s what I use Facebook for. An option to keep things the same would be nice for those of us who aren’t into the social part of social media.”

Don’t forget that in most of the world, local businesses ARE our community, our neighbors, and our friends. Facebook once connected us to our local communities in a new and exciting way, but then the small business got pushed out by big brand spend – I hope you don’t forget the significance and enjoyment that will be lost if neighborhoods become disconnected as a result.

However, it can only be a good thing that has taken the plunge and decided to make this change for its customers, and forcing other businesses to follow suit. To prioritise content that is human beings consider meaningful to can only be a good thing in this complex digitised world we live in. There will be mistakes made along the way but this is a great first step that obliges many of the biggest companies in the world to reconsider how they communicate with us as human beings.

Lawrence Ampofo

Director & Founder at Digital Mindfulness


Social Media, Technology

Is digital a connected life?

As the CEO of Siempo Andrew Dunn’s mission is to reimagine the way people interact with technology. Siempo, which started life as a new kind of smartphone designed to respect people’s attention and enhance human well-being, Siempo is evolving into a software platform that forms a layer between addictive digital experiences, to those that encourage people to be more intentional about the quality of their digitised lives.

In this Digital Mindfulness talk, Andrew talks about his journey to focusing on digital intentionality, and how living a connected life led him to realise that he was not spending his time well. He also shares fantastic insights on how to live a more intentional digitised life in a world of constant distraction and low quality digital experiences.

MIndfulness, Social Media, Technology


I’m typing this in a nearly silent coworking space. All of us here at HBR are intently focused on our computer screens. The tap-tap of our fingers on keyboards, occasional rustle of paper, and clink of a coffee mug landing on a desk are the sounds of work. Look into our screens, though, and you often see a noisy, sometimes raucous place. We’re commenting on news stories, checking on projects, sharing photos of kids and cats, and flagging work problems. Looking around my office, I’m considering how connected I really am with my colleagues. Is this kind of interaction enough? Are we actually feeling isolated or lonely, staring at our screens?

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Discover the Most Effective Way to Experience Peace, Power, and Presence in the Midst of Any Struggle.



These days a seemingly non-stop stream of negative news stories can make the world we live in feel like a more dangerous and frightening place than ever before.

And as humans, when we perceive the world (or circumstances in our personal lives) as random and threatening, it can make us feel helpless, or even hopeless . . . as if we don’t have the power to direct the course of our own lives.

But actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Like butterflies that only gain the strength to fly by struggling against the tiny openings in their cocoons, so do our greatest struggles offer us a prime opportunity to grow.

By raising our level of consciousness and expanding our awareness – in the midst of personal trials and global challenges – we can effectively alleviate not just our own suffering but also the suffering of those around us.

That’s why world-renowned expert on mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, and internationally recognized spiritual teacher and author of the #1 New York Times Best-Seller The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle, are teaming up to host Awakening to Higher Consciousness: Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle Answer Life’s Biggest Questions – a 4 – week online journey to help you raise your level of consciousness to transcend any struggle with ease.




MIndfulness, Social Media, Technology

The Effects of Technology On Our Brains with Dr. Peter Whybrow

What You Will Discover In This Episode

  • How digital technologies hijacks the primal areas of our brain to make us less empathic and more individualistic
  • Why people born in the digital age suffer from greater levels of anxiety
  • Why the novelty of digital technologies directly impacts the attention spans of children
  • How to develop a well-tuned brain


  • In this episode, we speak with Dr. Peter Whybrow M.D., Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is also the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and CEO of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

    In this episode, we talk about the ways digital technologies and digitisation directly affect the human brain, and the quality of our lives.

    Born in England, Dr. Whybrow received his training in endocrinology and psychiatry in London and North Carolina and was a member of the scientific staff of the British Medical Research Council before migrating to America to join the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School where he served as Chairman of Psychiatry and later as Executive Dean. He was subsequently the Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania before being recruited to UCLA in 1997.

    Peter Whybrow is an international authority on emotion and its disorders, particularly depression and bipolar illness and the effects of thyroid hormone on brain and human behavior. He is a founding member and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. A frequent adviser to universities, foundations, and government agencies, Dr. Whybrow has lectured widely across the United States and Europe, and is the recipient of many awards. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and six books, including A Mood Apart; The Thinker’s Guide to Emotion and its Disorderwhich is widely acclaimed as the definitive guide to the experience and science of mood and its disorder, written expressly for the general public.

    Dr. Whybrow’s recent writings draw upon his knowledge of science and human emotion, and his broad experience as a physician, but also reflect his fascination with America’s unique history as the great experiment of the Enlightenment. Thus the book, American Mania: When More is Not Enough, explores America’s migrant culture and the nation’s extraordinary material and cultural achievements together with their impact upon everyday living. Whybrow argues that while the affluent environment we have created for ourselves is compelling it does not fit easily with our biological heritage, generating a mismatch that threatens disruption of both mind and body. In the latest book and the last of his trilogy, The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well-Live, this evolving mismatch is explored by asking two fundamental questions, “Who do you think you are?” and “How to live?” By harnessing modern science to better understand the nature of ourselves and by returning to ancient human truths that in our frenzy we now overlook, Whybrow asserts that we can live not only better individual lives, but also build together a thriving future that serves the common good.

    What You Will Discover In This Episode

    • How digital technologies hijacks the primal areas of our brain to make us less empathic and more individualistic
    • Why people born in the digital age suffer from greater levels of anxiety
    • Why the novelty of digital technologies directly impacts the attention spans of children
    • How to develop a well-tuned brain

    Resources Mentioned In This Show


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Director & Founder at Digital Mindfulness
Dr. Lawrence Ampofo is a digital strategy and foreign policy professional, with over 10 years providing advisory on strategic digital change. As the Founder and Director of Digital Mindfulness and Semantica Research, Lawrence focuses on increasing the capacities of companies to implement digital strategy across major transformation programmes by promoting new ways of working and collaboration in an age of digital distraction and information overload.