by Andrew on May 13, 2011
I’ve come to realise why I am interested in agile software development and project management. It’s because I think organisations need to change and I have a vision of what they might look like in the future. This morning I’ve been reading about and listening to presentations on the purpos/ed site, a new movement started by Andy Stewart and Doug Belshaw. In a short space of time they’ve captured the imagination of people that share a passion for defining, changing and challenging what education is. It’s inspiring to see this and the same passion exists in the agile community, but what are we focussing that energy on?
It’s easy to get side-tracked where that passion is directed at the agile method you use or champion. I’ve realised I don’t care about Scrum, what I do care about is helping teams find the best way to build great products and services. More than that, being part of building them. Not just managing the process. A big part of this is making sure the wider organisation works in a way that supports their teams. This seems obvious but my general observation is that while most organisations talk about this rarely do they care about it.
I’ve used the ‘experience pain to force change’ approach to get new ideas in place but this clearly isn’t as powerful as getting a whole organisation buzzing about what it does and how it can do it better. It’s hugely important that leaders at every level of an organisation create that buzz. Just adopting Scrum or XP doesn’t achieve this and similarly a community focused on those methods won’t change organisations. Still no silver bullets then.
Looking at the success of ‘purpose/ed’ has made me understand that we need to ask why and how we are building products or organisations. We can then ask how it we can do it differently or better. That’s something everyone can get involved in and be passionate about.