This morning, I was reminded that I have been absent from the blogsphere. I am on my way to Agile 2012 in Dallas, when digging out my iPad, I found a flyer from the Scrum Alliance Spring Gathering. For those of you that are not in software business, these are two of the best conferences on the Agile software approaches.
Finding the old flyer reminded me thta i have fallen into one of my old traps: Bugs Bunny Syndrome (BBS).
Before I describe Bugs Bunny Snydrome, let’s make sure we are all on the same page. For those of you youngsters from the Thundercats and Transformers eras, Bugs Bunny is a cartoon character that was prominent in the 60’s and 70’s who’s main adversary was a daft hunter named Elmer Fudd. Occasionally, Bugs would go into his rabbit borough and emerge in another place. Sometimes, it was where Bugs intended to go. Other times, Bugs took a wrong turn in Abluquerque and ended up somewhere other than where he intended. Bugs didn’t follow the map and didn’t have landmarks to guide him.
So BBS is the ability to go into a borough and emerge someplace else. In my case, I have been boroughing at FNF. Good thing right? Focus on the task at hand. The challenge is that I have been so focused on what we have been doing at Fidelity that I have not been doing a good job at staying current. Not only have I not been pushing my thoughts and ideas out into the world, but I have fallen behind in my reading as well.
I have found that you are never really cured from BBS. My relapses occur typically when I start a new job or a new adventure in my personal life. I have found that I can combat this syndrome by a couple of simple actions:
- Set a fixed time each day where I read. Reading while on the treadmill is my favorite. Another good alternative is to stop at your favorite coffee shop.
- Attend an industry event. In my case, I am focused on Scrum and Agile.
- When ideas pop in your head, write them down. This technique works for many authors and artists. Try it. It works.
Hopefully, these steps will help you keep BBS in remission. While you can never truly get BBS cured, you can at least keep it under control.
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