|A little holiday rush|
For as long as I have been a business professional, the one motivation I have seen in business is fear; visceral, cold, unforgiving terror. It is the anxiety that you are not hitting your sales figures. It is the panic of the payroll system not interfacing with the accounting software. It is a shame that comes with a sixty hour work week not being enough to deliver what your manager promised.
The reason I became so enamored with agile and scrum is I wanted to work without fear. I have been fired the week before Christmas. My spouse left me because I finished up a consulting contract early. Each meeting with quality assurance or my manager triggered spasms of fear. There had to be a better way. Agile and scrum provided a means to do things differently and escape that fear.
I have been in the agile practice for eight years. I have had tremendous successes and bitter failures. I have lost countless hours of sleep and overeaten junk food. I have struggled against organizational inertia and corporate indifference. I would not change a thing because the changes I have made mean that one less developer is living in fear. That makes it a worthy goal.
So as I fight crowds to get my shopping done and stay up late to ship software on time; I understand the sacrifice and frustration I put in for 2017 is worth it. There is a little less fear in the office.
Until next time.