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Weekend Building Blocks - Special Blogroll Edition - 26 JAN 2018

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There's no value in collecting blocks unless you're connecting them to build something awesome! This edition of Weekend Building Blocks is a slight departure from my normal list of individual posts, podcasts, articles, or videos. Instead, I'm sharing a more general list of blogs, websites, and authors that continue to have impact on my mental models and how I think.

When people ask who & what I read or follow to learn more about the things I discuss, these are the people & the sources with whom/which I continually find myself connecting. In alphabetical order:
Chad Cote. Continually puts out some of the best slide decks on John Boyd & OODA that I've seen, with easy explanations on things such as Orientation Asymmetry & Incestuous Amplification. Thom Dworak / The Adaptive FTO. Retired police supervisor & trainer studying emotional intelligence, leadership, creativity, mentoring, human factors, giving feedback, learning methods, growth mindset. Bob Ko…

Scrum, Agile, & the state of American policing

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I have a confession to make:
I have no idea what either Agile or Scrum are.  No, this isn't some sort of insider self-reflecting challenge. I really don't know what they are or what they're used for. (Can you "use" them?) Or where they came from. Or who came up with them. But they're capitalized, so I'm assuming someone...like..."owns" them or something...? I'm seriously guessing when I say I think they're for computer or programming stuff.

But I'm pretty sure at least one of them involves Post-It notes.

And as a collegiate rugby player, I don't think we're talking about the same scrum.

As a policeman, you might say it's reasonable or expected that I don't know what Agile or Scrum are. Probably just as expected that someone in the industry that "uses" Agile or Scrum wouldn't have the vaguest idea on a list of terms that I use daily in the police station.

But in October 2017, I was invited to Enterprise S…

"A Year of Listening" Podcast | Episode 01 | Police Reform with Lou Hayes

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When friend Colleen Powell emailed me out of the blue to ask if I'd be a guest on her new podcast, I jumped at the idea. Not because Colleen and I share our view of the world; she and I tend to disagree on much. But rather, I accepted the invitation because I believed in her mission for the A Year in Listening podcast:
I believe there is a middle place where even the most opposing beliefs can find common ground.  A Year of Listening Podcast is designed to reclaim the lost art of civil, nuanced and compassionate conversation about a variety of polarizing topics.  In short, we’re tackling all the topics your mother warned you never to discuss at cocktail parties.  The goal of this show is to help people understand the very personal experiences that often guide our beliefs in the hopes that this expands our compassion and empathy for those who believe differently than us.  For this, I admired Colleen's vulnerability and courage.

We decided to discuss police reform (link to show n…

When Police Measure What Doesn't Matter

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I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, & express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre & unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be.- William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, 1883Cops understand loopholes. They get frustrated when criminal defendants are "let off" on charges because of some legal loophole. Conversely, cops are experts at exploiting loopholes in Police Department policy & other authorities of compliance. 

As a brand new policeman, I asked a gray-haired veteran about his feelings towards working in an organized labor union. His unforgettable response: "It's great. The contract spells out exactly how little work I have to do!" He was among a group of older policemen who figured out how ticket and arrest "quota" …