It seems popular, these days, for coaches and consultants to talk about ‘continuous learning’ or the ‘learning organisation’.
As I sat with a professional services team at my client, launching into my tried and tested description of what agility means and how to do it sustainably, the last 11 years of my life flashed in front of me and I saw something that I hadn’t realised before.
We do Scrum (or Kanban or SAFe or..) How often have you met people – usually executives and management at conferences or other spaces outside of their company and they proudly proclaim ‘we do Scrum’.
It has always amused me when people – usually men – say their company or team ‘eats their own dog food’.
Street Cred I’ve been in the software development industry for 21 years, using agile software development practices and principles for 14 years to actually deliver software.
Beware the language of powerlessness How often have you heard any of these phrases or perhaps used them yourself: “Don’t rock the boat” “Pick your battles” “Keep your head down” “That is how stuff works around here” “These things take time” Within and outside the organisations I work with, I hear over and over again the language of powerlessness – the language of C.Y.A – Cover Your Ass, the language of the status quo.