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A purpose for Agile

by Joe Little, 21 May 2013 | The Agile Blogosphere

This post is from LeanAgileTraining by Joe Little. Click here to see the original post in full.

In general, it is useful to do the most important things.


Not the things we are most sure about.  Not the things that we can do well.  Not the things we can predict well (or better).


But, we should do the most important things.  Usually one at a time.


As though we were human beings. In a sensible world.


Yogi Berra said:


You have to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.


So, where are we trying to get to with Agile and Scrum? With what I call lean-agile-scrum?


I think the purpose is to make lives better.


Our own life first.  (I am imagining the ScrumMaster in the Team. My life, she thinks.)  We must first take responsibility for that. And being self-sufficient in this world, maybe even net net contributing.


Then we want the lives of everyone in the Team to be better.  A small group. Almost manageable in size.  People we get to know as people. We don’t just ‘love humanity’, but real, specific, gnarly people.  And we help them make their lives better.  And help them become (better) contributors to other people’s lives.


Still, we do not live for ourselves alone.  So, we ask the Team to build something for other people, for the Customers we often say.  This is a good and great thing.  Especially if we can see the Customers...

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