I t’s Fathers day again and being the ‘AgileDad’ I thought I would take a moment to share what makes Fathers day so special to me.
Having traveled the wold over and visited with MANY of the Fortune 100 companies, it has been refreshing to note that many large enterprise companies are starting to recognize that Agile is a viable solution. It has also been great to see with the growth of information available regarding Agile better practices that vanilla applications of any one method are drifting to the wayside allowing for natural better organizational practices to settle in. The bigger question remains, how much better are we today than we were 1 year ago? 3 years ago? 5 years ago? Are we taking the steps needed to progress towards success?
The one commonality I see between being a real father and an Agile Dad, is that I find I am often giving advice to companies. Just like with children, sometimes they think they are smarter than you are, and that the decisions they make are better than yours because what could you possibly know that they do not. The truth be told, these organizations eventually shape up and realize that the fatherly advice was appropriate and was given to yield a positive result. Sometimes it is just hard to hear that your baby is ugly or needs some work.
I VERY carefully selected the image for this post because the meaning is both geeky and actually runs pretty deep. Many times organizations do not like what their Agile Dad (Agile Mentor or Coach), exposes. Many times they would rather wallow in denial or self pity about their situation than ever search for the deeper meaning of where they could be. I am not looking to this post to endorse the dark side, but I am certainly hoping to leave you with the message that although things may not look and feel perfect all of the time, facing our challenges and overcoming them bring us great joy and satisfaction. If Agile were ‘The Force’, may the force be with you! Happy Fathers Day and I look forward to your comments.