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.