Agile, Leadership, People, Teams

#1 rule of #Agile Culture

I recently went on a two-day excursion to the United States to support the local economy in Grand Forks and I was struck with a unique message on a bill board on the way back to Winnipeg. There were the usual bill boards that listed the shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants that you should visit. But amongst all these capitalist bill boards, was a plain white bill board with black letters with a simple message.

“Be Kind.”

I wish I could have taken a picture to include in this post. But when I searched for the image on Google, lo and behold someone else had taken a photo and uploaded it. It seems I wasn’t the only one affected by this simple message.

Be_Kind_Sign

What it means to me

To me this simple message was a reminder of what I feel is most important in all teams. Whether the teams be project teams, family, sports teams, or any other grouping of like-minded individuals. It is even more important in leadership or management positions to place kindness first – before egos, agendas, vision, or politics.

As I start 2013 with my family and project teams, my New Year’s resolution is to always keep this in mind.

  • To be kind to my team mates as we discuss different opinions
  • To be kind to my clients as we discuss changing requirements and how we can make them delighted
  • To be kind to agilists with other opinions that I may not initially agree with. To strive to understand their positions before making up my mind.
  • To be kind to the value we are delivering and to eagerly accept change when it adds more value.
  • To be kind to change and to not react against any new ideas.
  • To be kind with my family and smile and laugh every day.

Summary

My goal is to have that image of that sign as I go through 2013.  As I thought about it, I felt that if I was truly kind to all the people I interact with and the project, then the project and relationships I had would be very successful.

Recently it seems more focus has been placed on Agile Culture and less on Agile Methods.

To me, “Be Kind” should be the first principle of Agile Culture.

About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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