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I Think You Should Be More Explicit Here In Step Two

Mike Cottmeyer
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Have you ever seen the Sidney Harris cartoon with the two scientists at the blackboard? There is a bunch of math on one side, and a bunch of math on the other, with the words “then a miracle occurs” sandwiched in between.

The punchline is “I think you should be more explicit here in step two”.

I think agile folk need to be more explicit here in step two…

Go to Scrum training
Then a miracle occurs
Everyone goes agile

Read the Manifesto
Then a miracle occurs
Everyone goes agile

Stop being command and control
Then a miracle occurs
Everyone goes agile

What if… as a coach, a trainer, or a practitioner… you had to backup everything you said, every recommendation out of your mouth… with a plan for how you’d actually help make that recommendation a reality?

How would that change the conversation around adopting agile?

I think it would force us to meet people where they are. I think it would force us to be more pragmatic in our approach. To my point yesterday, I think it would create more empathy for managers sorting through all our dogma.

I think it would force us to think about how to place small bets. To create transformation strategies that are more iterative and incremental. I think it would force us to work through transition patterns and intermediate states.

Telling people to self-organize is a cop out.

I think we need to be more explicit here in step two.

You can check out Sidney Harris’ website if you want to see the original cartoon. http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/pages/gallery.php

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LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer is passionate about solving the challenges associated with agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, he and his team are dedicated to providing large-scale agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and safely introduce Agile methods.

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