Our June session lead Craig Patrick was speaking about setting up a sprint workflow. San Antonio Agilists Chris and Clint joined us.
As I listened to Chris and Clint, it became quite clear to me that:
“I was interacting with agile leaders of the future”.
This awareness helped me listen, question and respond to them differently. Their issues revolved around identifying tactical solutions. Their energy and passion to learn, and to adopt the principles of agile in its truest sense was quite gratifying.
They understood root cause of issues; Their questions to Craig and I regarding retrospectives, feedback loops, sprint lengths, releases, features was from “a place of we are here right now… how do we solve this?” and “we have solutions, let us validate”
In addition they believe in story boarding, feature driven delivery and above all they believe in their teams. They had the right mindset. They did not attend the session to complain. They came to validate their home grown solutions; They came to share their experiences and to be acknowledged and accepted by their agile peers! They are forging ahead as leaders in their own right. Will the agile community accept their solutions? Will the community allow them to lead?
Both Clint and Craig will be presenting at our meetup in July and August. Join us to acknowledge their intelligence, solutions and recognize them as part of our community of future leaders.
Where experience speaks:
Craig walked through the 3 levels of scrum adoption with his teams, and level #3 is the ultimate statement “We want to adopt scrum”, “because that is the right thing to do”.
Level 1: Lets do something. Let us move away from waterfall
Level 2: We are not ready to let go of the chaos we are in. That is our comfort zone
Level 3: Yes, let us adopt scrum
Craig will revisit his topic in September as a follow-up to his presentation in June.
(If you hear Craig using the word “dinosaurs”, he probably speaks of IT veterans with more than 3 decades of experience, including himself!)