A pilgrim on her way to shabarimala.
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.
Recently on Facebook, a friend of mine posted a piece of advise to startup organisations. This gentleman has some experience of founding a company. What is surprising is the number of comments on this post. Most of these comments are from people who never dared to start anything of their own, and still are lavish in providing advise. By providing free advise to others on everything under the sun, do they think that they get superior?. My first impulse was to comment, and then I realised that I do not have the credentials, so I kept quiet. I think, unfulfilled souls always have this tendency to shower advise, especially to the next generation. They assume that, the next generation needs it. If Steve jobs advises me on innovation, I will be delighted and at the same time, if he assumes that as his right to advise me on everything else, he is mistaken. Everybody is good at something, and nobody is good at everything.
On the one side Indian railways is making losses, where as on the other hand, the capacity is not sufficient to meet the demand. This is a paradox. What are the causes, if it is not mismanagement?. What is preventing us from correcting them?. Are the leaders and voters listening?. If our leaders do not have an answer to these problems, then why are we electing them to lead us, again and again.