The title is some feedback from a recent running of About Agile’s Agile Testing Course.
There were some photos taken. And some more should have been taken :)
Here I’m supplying a link to a recent talk Jeff Sutherland in which he describes his life in the military and the as yet unnamed Agile practices he was applying 50 years ago.
We progress through the years and end with the life affirming, humane characteristics of Agility. School kids are defining their own learning through ownership of the outcomes. Kids only use the teacher to get through problems.
This reminds me of a year 9 drama class. We were having a lot of fun and learning and the teacher was amazed at her ‘lack of involvement’. She invited a district supervisor, not sure if that was the title, to observe. Unfortunately I think we noticed that we were being observed and froze somewhat. Our teacher was embarrassed, the observer seemed to have an incredulous look. Us students knew something went wrong. I felt a little bad about it but felt powerless or unequipped to deal with it.
Looking back and knowing what I know now, that teacher was on the right track. She lacked a framework to inspect and adapt. Something like a Scrum Framework. We failed to self organize on one occasion and unfortunately we regressed to be told what to do. We should have reflected on that failure and put in measures to prevent it occurring again.
Can you think of a time when you could have improved a situation simply by taking a meaningful look at what happened and agreeing to make changes to prevent it happening again.
I know it happens everyday. There are many instances in the past that I can recollect.
Yesterday news came out that Rio Tinto had sold off it’s purchase of Riversdale Mining for $50 million taking a $3 billion dollar hit.
The CEO lost his job over this, but was this avoidable? The simple answer of course is yes.
What has been the hidden costs? What sort of cost cutting has ensued afterwards. How many thousands of people are let go or will be let go.
Sure the money will flow again somewhere else in the economy but where and when and will those left stranded through no fault of their own be able to come back into the fold somewhere or anywhere.
The ideas around Lean Thinking can help mitigate this and cause less long term pain and smooth out the dips or remove the boom and bust nature of our economy.
Perhaps we can also get past “It’s just the way it is”
Just a thought.