What right do you have to blame a person for not being agile?

Door Patrick Verheij

It’s true. We see a lot of people claiming to be agile. Or to want agile for their companies. But when observing their actual behaviour, we see something we don’t recognize as agile. Or worse, we see something we don’t like. Something that maddens us. We get angry and start foul talk, either private or in public.\r\n\r\nYes, it may be the case that your manager screams that he needs you to “implement agile” while he keeps loading you with tasks and only accepts 16-page PowerPoint report about your projects.\r\n\r\nYes, it may be so that your Scrum Master knows nothing about coaching and keeps doing everything herself while the team applauds and learns to be lazy.\r\n\r\nYes, it may be so that your colleague proudly decorates his name with twelve agile certification acronyms while he is not even able to recite the manifesto for Agile Software Development.\r\n\r\nAnd so we blame people for “not being agile”.\r\n\r\nBut what about you? How do people talk about you? Is your own story a congruent one? Are you agile? Do you create an agile world around you? What the heck is agile anyway in the particular context you are in right now given the complexity of that environment? What can you still learn about agility?\r\n\r\nThese are questions I keep asking myself all the time. And yes, sometimes I still blame others for not behaving agile. And then I kick myself again for doing that and remind myself of the questions above.\r\n\r\nNever ever blame someone for “not being agile” without taking a damn good look at yourself.\r\n\r\nNever ever blame someone for “not being agile” without considering if that person could perhaps learn something from you and/or you from that person.\r\n\r\nNever ever blame someone for “not being agile” anyway.\r\n\r\nChange your heart and change the world from there. It may be damn hard, but we have to keep trying!

Patrick Verheij

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