|Boy, did I fail.|
I joked glibly; I was betting my career that the project I was on could benefit from my agile knowledge and approach. In less than seven business days, I was rolled off the project and laid off. I did not receive any feedback from peers; I was just marched into the HR office and let go. I should be angry and bitter, but that is not going to help me get back to work. Fortunately, my colleagues on social media and #Slack came forward. I received comfort, coaching, and support. I also took some time to think.
It is not comfortable looking at failure. It is necessary if I am going to grow and develop as a person. It is one of the main postulates of agile is, “…to fail early and often.” In that respect, I was successful. I failed, and now I have to take that failure and learn from it. I am going to do a better job vetting employers to make sure they want the agilest working on their staff. I am going to change the notifications on my mobile phone, so I am not distracted during the workday, and I can concentrate better. Finally, I am going to focus more intensely on Radical Candor and Non-Violent Communication.
I have plenty of free time, and so I am going to use this opportunity to decompress and spend with family and friends. I will live through this and would not be this brave without the help and support of everyone around me.
Until next time.