About Agile’s courses in Agile Testing and Agile Development (under development :)) work on real community projects as part of the the learning journey. It’s a way we and attendees can give back to the community. Your time is also directed to developing free resources that our community can use. Over time we will integrate into other courses as well.
You can also find more at the About Agile website on this including the environment that is being used.
This is a reproduction and completion of a post created last year on another website. This is my manifesto. I attach to the other manifestos still but this is my own. Try creating your own. It would be nice to see what you really attach to. No doubt they will be similar in theme. If you can make an acronym that would be even better, easier to remember. Below is version 2. I expect to sharpen it up over time.
Got to have GRITS
In a world full of mnemonics which seem to be just for the sake of it (e.g. S.H.I.E.L.D), I’m unabashedly introducing a new one which encapsulates a number of values and principles I hold and uphold.
No doubt there are overlaps with other values and principle systems and I gladly welcome that. Largely it’s inspired from the Agile Manifesto, XP Values, Declaration of Interdependence and this really excellent and detailed expression of values from acQuire Technology Solutions.
This is my own personal take for which I’d take ownership in.
Here goes – it’s called GRITS
G(enuine) – Be honest and forthright rather than vague and ‘faking it’
R(espect) – To listen to and respect (not necessarily agree with) the views of others rather than jump to hasty conclusions
I(ntegrity) – Hold true to good human values rather than seek to benefit from someone else’s misfortune
T(ransparency) – Be open about why, what and how rather than deliberately obfuscate and be obscure
S(incere) – Mean what we say rather rather than be glib and hollow
Whilst we try and be all things on the left we sometimes recognize we fall into the poor behaviours on the right and seek to correct that.
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.