Heart of Agile Delivery Partner
I have spent most of my Agile career “Reflecting” on how to “Collaborate” more effectively. Apart from my penchant for challenging the underpinnings of corporate bureaucracy, anyone that knows me, knows I love conflict. Crave it. Why? Conflict is necessary for growth. Without conflict, our minds atrophy. There is beauty in debate. Possessing the ability two consider both sides of an argument without passing judgment (Dissoi Logoi) is said to be a trait next to Godliness. Given the myopic views of many corporate leaders, I realized I needed a better game-plan other than to shout obscenities and call them idiots. I truly did want to “Improve” the sprint teams, the Organization, our collective relationship…and as I thought more, I thought about the power of success; the idea that bad things don’t seem as bad when everyone gets to share in a successful “Delivery”…
As I looked deeper into the thoughts Alistair was presenting, I realized the Heart of Agile was pervasive in my professional life. I kept coming back to those ideas. I love Retrospectives (Reflect). I love Agile Games (Collaborate). I seek out suggestion boxes (Improve). And at the end of the day, I do ALL those things to achieve a goal (Deliver). Everywhere my mind shifted, I found myself categorizing all my experiences into those quadrants. I was like Rain Man, Mike Tyson, and Stephen Hawking – all wrapped up into one person. Screaming ridiculous (but brilliant) things out loud, and finding the patterns of agile life that I documented in a mindmap to be forever preserved as unfinished and organic. I was inspired. Alistair had created a monster.
But he was right. There is also beauty in simplicity. Maybe we need a movement that doesn’t seek to further complicate our beliefs. Maybe one that simplifies the discussion will allow Agilists of all experience levels to (dare I say)…contribute!
“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom” ~Brett Harris