I've written a blog post on our company blog about 'Scrum Studio' - a developing idea about how to re-think your teamwork to be simple, end-to-end and with ways to adopt it. In short: my take on the missing bits of Scrum. A special shoutout to Gunther Verheyen and the rest of the Scrum Caretakers - as well as the fantastic members of Studio 800 and Team Oranje at Mirabeau.
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Roughly translated as ‘every country has the
government it deserves’ - I am getting used to the idea that this may be
truer than even Joseph de Maistre may have meant.
I don’t just mean that all our politicians are power-hungry
narcissists (something I might not deny), but I mean that humans have,
throughout the ages, had leaders that have been created by their
followers. The leaders that floated up, simply had properties that made
them buoyant in the social climate that they were in.
Usually this quote is used to complain about the corrupt nature of
democracy, but that is actually not what I mean. I mean it more as an emergent property of the masses, that leaders emerge simply because of certain properties (or perhaps lack thereof like ‘Captain Me’).
Perhaps this clip by ‘CrazyRussianHacker’ can explain what I mean.
Continuous Improvement, Autonomy, Validation - these terms are becoming so worn that they feel like business jargon. But if you have experienced the pain that Stagnation, Command & Control and Big Bang Deployment brings, you have ample reason not to look back. The mild embarrassment that comes with joining the 'Agile cult' is greatly outweighed by the soul-numbing awfulness that is the alternative.
Although the above is my experience too, this is not that story. I have also had experiences with Chaos - the inferno that regularly erupts in Startupland and in many Open Source projects. It, not Agile, is the real antithesis to the frozen hell that is Waterfall/Taylorism/TheoryX. This is not that story either. I actually started appreciating what I now call the Agile mindset, on a sailing boat.