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A Manifesto for #Stoos Movement?

I have asked whether Stoos needs a Manifesto twice, once just before the first Stoos Gathering (on the Stoos), and once again about three months after the fact on the Stoos LinkedIn group. Neither discussion produced a strong demand for a Manifesto. The topic came up again at the Stoos Stampede (and I was pleased to participate in the discussion). Is this the monster that won't die? Or is there a deeper need for a manifesto?

On the one hand, a manifesto seems like a very logical byproduct of the Stoos movement. Stoos-I was inspired directly by the gathering at Snowbird Lodge which produced the Agile Manifesto. This is turn has served as a rallying point and common identity for Agilists around the world. Today, no less than a dozen different frameworks and methods can be called Agile. Surely we need a manifesto as well.

The online discussions did not generate much enthusiasm for a Stoos Manifesto. First of all, there are many principles and not much agreement on what the right on…

About the Happiness App

The response to the HappinessApp has been really gratifying. Happiness in general seems to be an idea whose time has come.

This app came about as I participated in the Delight-the-Client exercise of Steve Denning's and my Radical Management workshop in May. Given my role as Scrum/RM Trainer & Coach, how could I delight my customer faster?

I thought: The earliest side effect of introducing Scrum is often significantly improved staff morale. How could I make this improvement visible quickly? Employee surveys are time consuming and expensive. The idea for an app was born. I came home totally enthusiastic ("jazzed" as they say in the US), wrote a vision and some user stories, asked some colleagues what they thought of the idea.

The initial user feedback was (mostly) really positive -- and gave me some really important changes in direction from my original idea! So off I went. A tweet to find a development team - I found someone who really understood what I was trying to…

Announcing the Happiness App

... and I am looking for beta testers and early adopters!

The HappinessApptm enables you to collect, log and share information about your happiness, save it for future reference or share it with friends, families colleagues, or even the whole world! And that's just the beginning!

Today at the Stoos Stampede in Amsterdam, I am proud to show off the app for the first time! You can record your happiness level, review your scores on a graph, and install it on your iPhone or iPad (if you are a bit technically saavy). Every week, we will add a new feature or two and ask you for feedback.

Would you like to be one of the first 100 beta-testers and early adopters?  Here's how you do it:
Check out our webpage HappinessApp.meRegister as a beta-testerFollow the HappinessApp on twitter.  I'll be contacting the first people next week to help you get started!