Your experience matters …

Firstly thank you for the big response that I am getting on LinkedIn, there are many of you out there who are passionate, like me, about Agile.

Over the last few years my passion has turned into disillusionment and frustration with “the powers that be” who continue to pay lipservice to Agile and what it can bring to their organisation. This is why I wrote this particular post about Agile being broken (read here) .

But I have had enough now and am focusing this energy into positive channels such as publishing, which is why I am reaching out to my network …

Is India the Sleeping Agile Giant? I think so …

As I say many of you are as passionate as I am and I want to bring us together to help create some momentum where the current leaders can’t ignore us anymore. That is the purpose of my forthcoming book and I want you to be part of it. It’s time to awaken the Sleeping Giant!

What I am looking for specifically is for you to share some of your experiences in one or many of the following contexts:

  • Where Agile has been tried and it failed because … (you fill in the blanks)
  • Where Agile was doing well and it went backwards because … (you fill in the blanks)
  • We tried using your model Mark but it failed because … (you fill in the blanks)

Your experiences don’t need to be very detailed, but detail does help. You can even use it as a bit of therapy and just rant if you want to. In this instance I will keep your identity private but will be happy to publish the offending organisation’s name if you want me to, but not an individuals name – (I will shame an organisation because it’s not a person, I will never shame an individual or team because that is just wrong IMHO).

If however you are more of a positive disposition and you believe in promoting positivity and you have a story that you would like to share that promotes some aspect of organisational agility in your organisation then that would be good too.

Leadership is key

I am particularly interested in hearing stories of Agile Leadership because as an Architect and a founding author of the 9 Principles of Agile Leadership I would love to hear of positive stories where leadership has made the difference. If you can reference one of the 9 Principles of Agile Leadership then so much the better.

It is my intention to complete the first draft of the book over the Christmas/New year period so it would be good if you can get me your stories in advance. Please dont worry about your level of English grammar as your English is going to be way better than my “Indian”! A professional copy editor will be editing my final work, so dont worry there.

I look forward to chatting with you and making new connections. Please feel free to invite others to share and please do share this and any other posts that you feel drawn to.

As always thanks for your time and Keep it Agile; Keep it real!