Do not love your work too much, else you will fail !

Love your work‘, I have been hearing this for more than three decades now. My actual experience is different. Too much attachment to work, for that matter to anything leads to stress and sub-optimal outcomes.  When my daughter got married, when my 1 year old grandson went back to Bangalore after staying with us for a couple of months, when I had to leave a position where I was very successful in order to move to a higher position, when I had to transfer my star performer whom I groomed for success to the next higher position where he is going to report to someone else, I felt the same pain,   I felt more sadness than joy. Everything we nurture closely will grow, and at some point in time, will leave us to grow further. Or, is it just the opposite?. We must learn to be attached in a detached way for growth of all involved. A kind of detached attachment. Sometimes I get too much obsessed with my work and I get very possessive about the product. I get really upset even with the very thought of someone else trying to change it from the way I perceived it. Learning and practicing ‘Detached attachment’ is the key to growth of the product and the owners. Everything and everybody must grow and flourish, and what took us till here, may not take us further. If we latch on to past, the future will elude us. Applicable to all passionate people, irrespective of whether you are an entrepreneur, architect, product owner, research associate, husband, wife, Dad, Mother…the pain of handing over something closer to your heart hurts, and at the same time it is very much required for growth. Learning to love everything in a detached manner, with the awareness that this also must pass away, to live up to the Grand plan our creator have for us and knowing that he is the only constant allows us to approach such situations  very normally. Live life to Love, lead and leave.

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Agile implementation stories, Effective application of theory U, in agile coaching

Right now I am in the middle of a consulting assignment of transitioning a large team from ‘scrum but’ to right scrum. When I say right scrum, I refer to the scrum guide by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland which can be downloaded from http://www.scrum.org.

This team from a very large multi national product company came with the baggage of ‘I know scrum, and now you teach me scrum’ scrum attitude, because they have been practising some sort of scrum, which was not new for me, as i have seen the same attitude in several other teams. Since agile is value based, like religions, a loss in faith is very difficult to be restored. No amount of talking would have convinced them. At least that was my judgment,based on my past experiences with teams with some experience in scrum, and I would have carried forward that judgment in the normal course. As a coincidence, this was the time I came across the theory ‘U’ which was advocating the postponement of the three fears of;

Fear of judgment
Fear of cynicism
Fear of change

for effective change management.

I decided to implement the concept of ‘postponement of these fears’ at every stakeholder level, me being the first one. All the coaching sessions started with the request to postpone these fears till the completion of the first sprint, and the results are very positive. After experiencing the right scrum, most of these fears are automatically addressed.

Evm using a white board

Schedule variance is zero on day1 of the pmp workshop at bangalore.

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I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e. e. cummings

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Pointing fingers at self….

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