I want to test a theory. How many people are “not the same person” you are at work as you are when you are at home with your loved ones? The reason I ask is that my wife, for some time now, cringes every time I talk about “hyper-productivity”, “efficiency”, and “flow” related to development work I am leading at the office.
Why you might ask? Well, it seems I am NOT the same type of person at work as I am at home. So much so in fact, that when I mention the mere word “efficiency”, she goes apoplectic and starts listing all the failed opportunities I have had to reach “hyper-productivity” at home. She’s right.
This has caused me to reflect on that very issue and begin to tackle the single most difficult thing I do during my day, parenting.
I’m going for “big and visible” Kanban mixed with weekly retrospectives, and a dash of Love and Logic. I have now launched headlong into an attempt to implement Scrum, Kanban, Lean/Agile, Positive Discipline, and Love & Logic (all rolled into one) at home. My goals are modest — change the very nature of the way we as a couple parent our children and relate to one another at home.
Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it’s going!