Agile, It’s Unreasonable

Really? Ok maybe.  Then again, maybe not.  It’s totally up to you and your organization.

Change is hard as it goes against what we know or what we are currently comfortable doing.  It’s always been interesting to me that the Satir J-curve models going from chaos to new status quo as going up a steep slope.  It’s very clear that we’re working against gravity and the pull to go back to where we were and what we’re familiar with.

The 4 values and 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto are supposed to help us see the areas where we can get better – at least if we wanted to be guided by Agile philosophy.  Getting better often means challenging and changing some tough stuff.  Tough stuff that actually makes a difference.  Not just implementing 3 week iterations or estimation with that thing called story points.  I mean those things are good, but in doing so we often ignore the most important stuff.  I often run into folks who consider leaving the (old) status quo as being pragmatic and suggest that those who desire change are “purists” or “idealists”. Ok, possibly guilty as charged.

Here lies my comfort.  Progress is dependent on the unreasonable woman and man.

 

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About Ebenezer

culture hack. contrarian. change artiste. speaker. writer. silo-connector. entrepreneur. totally human. ff at your own risk. :-)
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One Response to Agile, It’s Unreasonable

  1. Yes change is hard. People hate being changed. Agile is a new way of working.

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