March 4, 2019
patton prioritizes our story cards

What makes a good task or agile story?

In our most recent planning and retrospective, we looked at our team’s velocity rate and found that we were committing to more work that we could deliver. I won’t share the ugly details here, but I think we had committed to 50% more than we delivered. On top of that, […]
February 7, 2019
Estimating Points in San Antonio

Let’s Talk about Estimating our Points

People are really bad at estimating how much time something will take. I always think I can estimate time, and I’m always inconsistent. I look at my 65 email messages, and I think, “That’s about an hour. A minute per email. I can do that.” But reality is more complicated […]
January 19, 2017
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So You Need an Editor

In communications we love words the way Groundskeeping loves landscaping, the way Technical Services loves a reliable septic tank, the way Housekeeping loves perfectly prepared rooms, the way Maintenance loves a pig proof fence. In fact, we love words so much it can be a little weird sometimes. When your […]
October 13, 2016

Browse the First Brochure for the Canyon

Recently, Dan Roloff came by to visit us with a treasure from the archives: the first brochure ever printed for the Foundation, filled with old photos, lines of poetry, a few surprises, and a familiar vision. Before I-10 connected San Antonio and Kerrville …   … when Laity Lodge and […]
October 4, 2016

Elevator Pitch for the Best Org in the World

Networking at conferences is a perfect place to test our story. People ask, “What do you do?” and I have about ten seconds to summarize The H. E. Butt Family Foundation. It isn’t easy. But last month when I shared our story at Agile Camp, two people cried. Actual tears. […]
August 24, 2016

Passing the torch after more than a decade

“I have so enjoyed the walk in the word with you … as a senior senior (smile) it has helped me to examine myself in so many areas and I have shared those experiences to my family and friends.” Francine, Daily Reflections reader upon hearing that Mark Roberts is taking […]
July 20, 2016

We Love Our Preferred Vendors

To paraphrase an old Africa proverb, it takes a village to produce good stuff for HEBFF programs. Our village includes all of the programs, of course, but also many outside vendors. Our preferred vendors are an essential part of every communication effort. What is a preferred vendor? Right now, we […]
May 27, 2016

50 Years of LLYC Publications

My daughter loves Laity Lodge Youth Camp. The door tag on her bedroom door says, “Dreaming of LLYC.” She has hung LLYC posters in her room for many years. She still has the LLYC 2015 Rooted Journal on top of her bookshelf under her pink camo camp Bible. When LLYC […]