I want to be weirder. I want to let the real me out to play and not get so hung up on being “perfect.” Because being “weird” just means being you.
I am an equal opportunity hiker. It’s easy to love a trail that winds through a tranquil forest, along a shimmering creek, with picturesque views of mountains every step of the way. And yet, beauty comes in many forms. Trails through strange, stark, dark places call me, too. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south central Idaho is just such a place. The preserve includes three lava fields that were formed by volcanic eruptions from the Great Rift of Idaho 15,000 years ago. The aftermath has left a weirdly beautiful landscape with tons of volcanic features to explore.
Last Friday, I was a ScrumMaster at a company. Today, I’m not. I’m officially doing my own thing, licking the wounds I’ve accumulated from corporate gigs, and writing about it. I’ve chosen to leave a technology job again. And here’s why.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on LinkedIn.
Agile is not the answer to all of your company’s problems. Silo busting is. Trust me, I know. I’ve been a ScrumMaster and Agile Coach for eight years now. Every single company I’ve worked at said they were doing Agile. That was somewhat true. Part of the company was doing Agile. Software development teams were pulling work from a backlog, having daily standups, and planning work. Usually teams were making some effort toward continuous improvement and automation. They were trying to build relationships with business stakeholders.
These are all great efforts. But this does not mean the company as a whole is Agile. It also doesn’t necessarily mean the company is effectively delivering business value to customers. Agile vs. waterfall isn’t the issue, it’s communication across the organization. Silo busting is the key ingredient to successfully getting stuff done.