The disease of ‘easy’. Here are some of the key points summarized of what Agile Santa has to say about it:
🎄 Agile is hard because of its discipline and structure
🎄 Over time people tend to fall into the trap of ‘easy’
🎄 E.g. skip the stand-ups, make the sprint little bit longer, etc.
🎄 What is easier can be the devil
🎄 What’s easier may not be good for you or the customer
I'm old. I mean seriously old like old old old old old old old old. So one of the things I've seen in that time, in those many years of agile, is that agile is hard. And I don't mean agile's hard in terms of complicated because it's not complicated, agile is hard in terms of its disciplined and it's structured and that discipline and structure is what makes it work. And over time the disease of easy comes in "oh it's, it's easier if we do it this way. It's easier if we do it this way. It's easier if we delay this. We make the Sprint a little bit longer. Or it's easier if we don't sort of have these difficult conversations about the size of a story or which epic to do or let's just, you know, we've got to split the money between these epics. There's four of them. Just this, take the million divided by four it's easier that way." What is easier can be the devil. Once what is easier becomes the priority you lose your vision and your sight and your attachment to the right thing. You lose your sight of the product. You start to leave the side of the customer. If the customer wants a high velocity turnaround what's easier for you may not be good for the product, might not be good for the customer. So watch out for the easy thing. It's a slippery slope and at the bottom, unfortunately, it is not a big pile of comfortable snow, it's a bunch of rocks and you will suffer. So watch out for what's easy. Look for what's right. But most of all look for what's better and pursue that because we want to be better every day.
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Dec 24, 2022
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