Are You an Agile “Guru?”

I’ve heard “Agile Guru” thrown around before. Really? It just makes me wonder.

What do you think about when you hear about a “Guru?”

Funny, we queued this post up weeks ago, but recently found a great post on calling BS on Guru’s on Herding Cats. Good stuff.

  • By the way… if you’re a Doctor, are you considered a guru? [Agile Doctor]
  • Agile Guru list from Scrumology
  • Scott Ambler – Considered “the Agile guru” of all the world


12 Responses to “Are You an Agile “Guru?””

  1. david robins
    April 18, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    There are too many gurus and not enough doers. Next time somebody tells you he or she is a guru, give them a task and tell them you pay only if the job is 100% completed satisfactory! You will see how fast they run away!

    • peter
      April 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      haha! good point. We need DO-ers!

  2. David Bland
    April 18, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Everyone I listed as an agile guru rocks though.. well except for the Scrum Alliance which isn’t exactly a person.

    • peter
      April 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      Agreed :)

      • David Bland
        April 19, 2011 at 10:32 am #

        What word would you use though?

        Guru sounded better than Thought Leader, or Really Smart Person Who Gets Stuff Done.

        • peter
          April 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

          Hah! Good point David. I guess I wrote the post because I’ve been jaded to the word “guru.” I mean, there are a TON of gurus out there. Here’s what I do know:

          Guru’s have their place.
          But I’d rather follow a guy who DOES, than ‘gurus’.
          Armchair philosophers have no place.
          Great theory but…
          People who apply are far more valuable to me.

          So… what word would I use? “PRACTITIONER” finds more value in my mind.

          Okok… so how do we put a scale on best and better practitioners? Meh. There is no need to rate them. A practitioner is still a practitioner.

          Make sense?

          • David Bland
            April 20, 2011 at 9:58 am #

            Yes, and I like “practitioner”.

            Too bad SA changed CSP from Practitioner to Professional :)

          • peter
            April 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

            I know right? What does ‘professional’ mean? *sigh*…

  3. Dave Nicolette
    April 28, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I like the concept of Beginner’s Mind. I like to think of myself as a perpetual beginner, in that sense. (Hopefully not in the sense that I forget things I’m supposed to know.)

    It feels sort of icky when a person applies the term Guru to him/herself. I feel the same way about other honorifics that people sometimes apply to themselves, like Sensei or Sifu or Master.

    As the saying goes, “When you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.”

    • peter
      April 28, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      Awesome. Love that quote!

  4. Chris Chan
    May 2, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I googled Uber-Guru and got some results. LOL

    • peter
      May 2, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      Oh wow. I’ll try that out myself.

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