A Day Made of Agile

Truly inspiring: “A Day Made of Glass.”

Made me wonder:

“What would a perfect day of Agile look like?”

[Tell me what your perfect Agile day would look like in the comments!]

7 Responses to “A Day Made of Agile”

  1. Ron Rutler
    June 24, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    @agilescout Just watched the Corning made of glass video. Very cool. Makes me want 1 of everything shown. Move over Spacely’s Space Sprockets. Have an awesome weekend.Ron Rutler
    Author @RavensBermudas

    • peter
      June 24, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      Right? I want every single one as well. Very cool stuff. Hopefully in our lifetime!

  2. Scott Duncan
    June 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    People would actually be busily working together (really collaborating not just cooperating) inctead of:

    1) Sending emails or IMs over the cube walls to one another;
    2) Dialing into conference meetings even on the same floor because going to and participating in the meetings “takes too much time”;
    3) Being on mute and not listening to the conference calls because they are multi-tasking;
    4) Deciding that everyone doing their “own work” is more efficient than working together;
    5) Doing all manner of other non-collaborative things because they “know how to work that way.”

    By the way, pointing out the difference between groups of people cooperating to get work done compared to a team collaborating is often not something any of their Agile training has ever driven home. I make it a point to do this when I go over the Agile Values and Principles with concrete examples of the difference.

    • peter
      June 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      Good points here. I wonder though what you mean by… people cooperating vs. collaborating… is there a difference?

  3. Scott Duncan
    June 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I think you’ve helped make my point here. The words “cooperate” and “collaborate” both have “co” which implies “together.” But that leaves “operate” and “laborate” with the former meaning functioning/operating while the latter means “work/labor.” Now the dictionary definitions of each word include “act jointly” and “work jointly.”

    So people can cooperate by doing individual and separate things targeted toward the same without really working together to deliver the same actual result(s). Hence, in a phased, sequential (waterfall) process, individual groups work on their own deliverable(s) and pass them along to be used by the next group. These groups need to cooperate, but not necessarily collaborate, i.e., individual groups are not responsible for the deliverables of another. To collaborate, in Agile terms, implies to me that people work together to produce a shared output for which they are all responsible. Therefore, they should be concerned about the success of everyone in the group and be concerned that the overall goal is achieved, not just their part of it.

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