leadership, Team

Lest we Forget the ultimate teammates


On a day like today I am reminded on how we in Software Development sometimes take ourselves and our opinions too seriously. We treat people with differing opinions as enemies we are at war against. We in the Agile community sometimes criticize those in the traditional community as not trusting employees and being stuck in the past. People in the traditional community sometimes criticize Agile proponents as being cowboys and not understanding why certain  business processes like estimating and budgeting are required. We need to ask ourselves if we are truly seeking to understand the position of the person we are yelling at.

Are we interested in learning and growing or just yelling and being right?

But today, we should put those differences aside and respect those men and women who went before us and made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live the way we do today.

These men and women were the ultimate teammates. They were willing to give their lives so that our country and our way of life could thrive. They left loved ones and children behind and made the ultimate sacrifice.

I encourage everyone to take an hour to break and watch the ceremonies today. Even better, make your next book selection a book about a war and the sacrifices the veterans made. I also encourage you to volunteer to assist veterans after they come home.

I believe that by respecting their sacrifice we are not glorifying war. Like all good teammates we should respect the decisions made by other teammates as we can not fully appreciate the context of their situation. We should always seek to understand their situation and sacrifice. It is the ultimate hubris to think we know better now.

That is the least we can do.

About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio has worked for Protegra for 14+ years because of the professionalism, people, and culture. Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management. As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished. Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why


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