December 10, 2009

Ah what can I say about Movember, it’s definitely the hairiest time of the year around here at Point2. For those of you who have never heard of it, Movember is the renaming of November to signify the thousands of men all over the world who are growing mustaches for the fight against prostate cancer. Most people at Point2 learned about it last year when our now CTO asked us to join him in growing mustaches to raise money for this cause. Soon after that many of the normally clean shaven men of Point2 were proudly displaying hair where there was no hair before. Again this year we have decided to put the razor away and focus on growing the baddest mustaches our faces will allow.

The development team that I am currently on has four brave men willing to put forth their best mo for a good cause. Mustaches can be very powerful tools, helping to fight against prostate cancer, and even helping our team reach new heights of greatness. During our retrospective last week it was found that our mustaches had a large role in helping us achieve our velocity. We did so well that we decided to hold a Root Cause Analysis to find out how our teams Velocity was so much higher than the previous week. In that meeting our mustaches were cited as an extra member of the team helping complete many tasks, they also helped to bring morale higher than usual. I believe that I was not the only one who came to the conclusion that it was in fact the ‘Mo’ that not only helped us achieve our velocity goal but also to surpass it.

However growing a sweet mustache is not all glory, for most people it takes time filled with ups and downs. Some people may look you at in disgust however you may find that the longer your mustache grows the more attractive you become. Most men usually go through the 5 stages of  ‘Mo’.

The 5 Stages of ‘Mo’:

1.  Denial – Thinking this year I’m not going to look like a porn star from the 70’s
2.  Anger – Grow faster and thicker!!
3.  Bargaining – I’ll grow twice the mustache next year if you just let me shave this thing off
4.  Depression – Oh, my wife won’t kiss me, and everyone looks at me like I’m insane
5.  Acceptance – Well we’ve come this far it’s finally looking like something, and I think that hot blond just gave me the eyes.

Now that the month is over and the mustaches have moved on, things feel different, almost less masculine. However Our Point2 team did raise almost $3000 this year for Prostate Cancer, and I know that everyone who participated feels stronger from the experience. We now know that growing a good friend only takes a month. Well mustaches and Movember go together like bacon and eggs, but all good things must come to an end.

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By: Dean Gaudet

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