Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Agile Master #5: Lessons on Agile Development from the Tao Te Ching

He who stands on tiptoe
doesn't stand firm.
He who rushes ahead
doesn't go far.
He who tries to shine
dims his own light.
He who defines himself
can't know who he really is.
He who has power over others
can't empower himself.
He who clings to his work
will create nothing that endures.

If you want to accord with the Tao,
just do your job, then let go.
- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 24

The Agile Master does not bring attention to herself and does not exalt herself. Don't rush towards a goal without bringing the team with you. You go together or not at all.

Code ownership will insure only that the code will be replaced as soon as someone else needs to maintain it. The more the team can share knowledge, the better the code will be and the easier it will be to maintain; the code will endure beyond the tenure of the individuals who created it.

The human body is recycled completely over the span of years and yet continues to be, fundamentally, the same person. So to the team. As members change nevertheless the team remains. The Agile Master encourages team knowledge above individual knowledge and encourages individuals to teach others on the team. In essence, the Agile Master strives for everyone on the team to become Agile Masters themselves.

You will fail. And in failing, succeed. You will learn and you will teach. This is the heart of the Agile Tao.

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