Agile Home Ownership?

I try to live my life in an Agile-manner. Iterative improvement, utilize a personal kanban board to manage home-work, Product Owner buy-in (wife), etc.

You see, there is a problem at home. There is a larger-than-a-basketball wasp nest 3 stories up with no access to the roof. [This could get messy…]

Is there anything in the Agile Manifesto that talks about:

  • Shaking problems to the point where they go away?
  • What about shooting problems to see if they go away…
  • How about spraying problems with water?
  • Paying contractors lots of moola to do your work for you?…

Inspect and adapt. Yes. I get the inspect part. I’ve inspected it enough. Now its time to… adapt? Hell no. It’s time to go Judge Dredd on it!

What do you think?

What is the most Agile and safe way to solve this personal conundrum?

 

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9 Responses to “Agile Home Ownership?”

  1. Susan Akers
    July 31, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Time to get the professionals in – call in the subject matter expert!

  2. Patrick
    July 31, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Don’t bother with Agile on everything. Some things require a traditional, more rigorous approach like…FIRE! You do not want the wasps to leave one by one, now do you? Hire a professional to do the job for you.

  3. Dave Gordon
    July 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Sometimes you just need to take a traditional project management approach to risk analysis. In this case, you’d “transfer” the risk to a professional, with the cost paid for out of your contingency reserve, AKA “vacation budget.”

    Naturally, using a waterfall to wash away the nest is out of the question …

    • peter
      July 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      Nice way to put it… right now we’re going through strategy meetings…

  4. Sameer Bendre
    July 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Glad we rent. We’ve called in Pest Control for the same thing – Ping Pong ball size in our patio. We weren’t able to sit outside yesterday with Mr. Wasp buzzing all day around yesterday.
    Good luck with your task!

    • peter
      July 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      Wait… no personal sameer treatment? Shame.

  5. Matt Fowler
    July 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    I am with Susan. That looks like a job for a SME. And they can do it while you are making more $$ next week at work, miles away from the scene of the “incident”. I’d evac the family too. Send them to see Smurfs while the “insect removal smes” work their magic, and probably hurt themselves. Do you have a blanket personal liability policy? I highly recommend them, ask your insurance professional.

    • peter
      July 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      Thanks for all the advice Matt! I’m observing it from afar… for now…

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