|A typical day for a scrum master; doughnuts and coffee|
When I was growing up in the 1980’s, my parents and teachers spoke about how a career was a pathway or process. You would join a company and throughout your career advance up the organization. Your loyalty to the organization came with a measure of job security, and a means to support a family. I was instructed people succeeded and failed based on individual merit. The recession of the early 1990’s and over twenty years of being a technology professional have proven those ideas false.
I have spent plenty of time around the damaged, neurotic, and mean people who make up a significant minority of business professionals. In my worst moments of vulnerability, I have choked back tremendous amounts of rage and bitterness. In my better moments, I have forced myself to see the good in others. I was disappointed from time to time, but often my optimism was rewarded. I leaned on colleagues to muddle through the long days and lack of support, and I relied on my fellow agile coaches who saw something in me I did not.
It is easy to see the bad in the world and wallow in nihilism. Creating a reformation is going to be hard work. A modern shareholding company is the closest thing contemporary society has to medieval feudalism, and those in power will do anything to remain in charge.
Fortunately, there are others like me who are agitating for change and a serious business case for making those changes. Developers, agile coaches, scrum masters, product owners, and random strangers want these changes. Together, we will work to make the modern corporation more sustainable, sane, and satisfying place to work. I have spent five years learning to be a great scrum master and coach. It is now time to put that experience to use expanding the agile reformation.
Until next time.