[This is a re-post from LinkedIn]
Are you seeing pessimism and seeming division in the Agile community? I’m seeing some of that lately, expressed on LinkedIn.
I get that it can be hard to keep a positive attitude in the face of reports that tell us that a lot of Agile journeys seem to not bring the desired results. And I also firmly believe that Agile CAN bring about positive change. I’ve seen it first-hand in the work I’ve done. Of course, there have been times when the prevailing currents have made it difficult, but on the whole, I’ve seen that change IS possible.
I wonder what a sort of declaration of Agile optimism might look like? Maybe something like this:
- I believe that people have the capacity to change – when supported with caring, courage and openness.
- I believe that organizations have the capacity to change – when the people in it spend enough time listening well to each other.
- I believe that Agile values and principles can help with change – when really internalized and lived out.
- I believe that learning from others’ experience is possible – when keeping an open mind and taking a good look at context.
That is, change is possible – and we realize that we need to help each other in making it happen. Do you think about Agile optimistically?
P.S.: If you are interested in reading about what might help and hinder Agile journeys, check out the book Susan DiFabio, George Dinwiddie, Rich Valde, Dan Neumann and I wrote together on that very topic: http://leanpub.com/agilejourneys