Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Agile Master #1: Lessons on Software Development from the Tao Te Ching

"Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away"
- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 2

Lets approach this from the perspective of an master Agile practitioner. The Agile Master must guide without guiding and teach without teaching. She will do this by being.

One does not merely write good code, but strives to teach others how to do the same and better. She does this not by creating good code, but by helping others discover how to write good code themselves. She manages the work of detached actions through others and teaches by letting others discover the correct path. Control is an illusion.

The greatest creation of a master is that which is created by others. The team will posses only what is created by all. None create alone. The team will succeed, but never dwells on success. Even failure is success. Therefore, there is only success.  

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