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Edits to my Personal Manifesto

I documented my personal manifesto originally in this link.  It was useful to get it down on paper rather than a tacit understanding.  I think I should sharpen it up a bit.  It’s the same mostly – some wording has been modified.  I’m asking people to call me out when I err.

G(enuine) – Be honest, forthright and fair rather than vague, fake and invulnerable

R(espect) – Actively listen and respect (not necessarily agree with) the views of others rather than jump to hasty conclusions

I(ntegrity) – Uphold good human values and principles and avoid situations that are opposite to these

T(ransparency) – Be open about why, what and how rather than obfuscate, obscure or opaque

S(incere) –  Mean what we say via actions rather than being glib, hollow and lack of follow through.

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.

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Create your own Manifesto

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.


Agile Values via Game Play

Last Friday (7 March 2014) during a training session in my class Introduction to Agile and Scrum I tried out a new game to introduce Agile Values.

The aim of the game is to get the participants talking about the success criteria on previous successful projects.  The game works like this:

Take 8 cards and label them with the following statements.  Individuals and Interactions, Processes and Tools, Working Software, Comprehensive Documentation, Customer Collaboration, Contract Negotiation, Responding to Change and Following a Plan.

Each group gets two minutes to divide the cards into two columns labeled More and Less.  I had a small group so gave each individual a set of cards to distribute.  The idea is then to generate a discussion on the statements and where they ended up with specific reference to the projects the attendees were thinking of.

You may have already noticed that the statements correspond to items in the Agile Manifesto.  It can work best if the attendees aren’t familiar with the Agile Manifesto.  In this my first run, the left hand sided statements from the manifesto ended up in the More column with one exception.  One person did put Processes and Tools into the More column and in discussion it turned out that the problem tended to fit into the Complicated Domain of the Cynefin Framework.  A good explanation of it from David Snowden the creator is here.

This game comes from tasty cup cakes and is called Matching Values.  I didn’t have time to use this for the 12 principles but will do so in the future, shortening the specific discussion points on these which I have in my notes.