Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Agile Master #3: Lessons on Agile Development from the Tao Te Ching

The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn't display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn't know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 22

The Agile Master embodies what the team should be. He does not tell the team they need to change. Instead, he becomes the change. The Master will not draw attention to this, but others will notice. Through his actions, the Agile Master has earned the team's trust and respect. When he speaks, the team listens.

The Agile Master is not focused on himself, but on the team. He becomes what the team needs and, in doing, is a reflection of the team.

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