Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Agile Master #2: Lessons on Software Development from the Tao Te Ching

When the Master governs, the people
are hardly aware that he exists.
Next best is a leader who is loved.
Next, one who is feared.
The worst is one who is despised.

If you don't trust the people,
you make them untrustworthy.

The Master doesn't talk, he acts.
When his work is done,
the people say, "Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!"
- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 17

The Master Agile practitioner leads from behind. Ideally, the team should not realize that she is a leader. Too often people embody their titles and try to fill the role it implies rather than the role that is needed. They end up being loved by their team, but not leading. Or feared and actively block progress. Or despised and there is no team.

You must trust your team. Assume greatness and they will accomplish it.

When the Agile Master works, the team achieves. The team should see all work done by any subset as work done by the whole.

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