Agile thoughts at 37,000 feet

I don’t mind travel except for the part where you aren’t home! I especially hate traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Yet here I am at 37,000 feet on my way for a connection via O’Hare. Maybe I’ll get lucky this time and my connecting flight will be on time. Fortunately, I was agile about my plans and didn’t put myself on the last flight of the day to get to Boston.

Why am I writing about this? Because it made me realize that subconsciously I was using some good agile philosophy when making my travel plans. During training I tell teams to always, always, always (add 17 more always here to make it clear) identify risks and impediments early AND communicate them to someone that can do something about them. Doing so will give your team the maximum amount of time to mitigate the risk or remove the impediment. Never get caught in the situation where you knew of a risk and didn’t tell someone. That leads to the sad quote “I should have told you so.” Ugh, how awful will that be if your project is a failure!

Remember, it is up to ALL members of agile teams to constantly identify potential risks and impediments and properly communicate them.


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Bob Hartman

Known as Agile Bob, brings over 30 years of experience and broad industry knowledge cultivated by serving in almost every role in the software industry including developer, tester, documentation writer, trainer, product manager, project manager, business analyst, senior software engineer, development manager and executive. Over the past 15 years Bob has grown from being an early adopter of Agile to his current status as a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach℠ (CEC) and an expert in training, coaching and mentoring across all areas of Agile development. Bob is a popular speaker, having spoken at numerous major conferences, seminars, workshops and user group meetings where his engaging style, holistic view of development and personal anecdotes are always well received by attendees.

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