So we have been "doing" Agile at my work for a while, a least a couple years before I got there 5 years ago. Maybe we have have some projects or moments where we slipped into "being" Agile but most at our department would agree, not so often. Sure there has been progress and improvement but not the tear-jerking, "OMG", radical moment of pure awesomeness sustained. Haven't quite got there yet.
Recently I was recommended a book by Nate McKie,, the CTO of Asynchrony (now part of WWT) via a youtube video,"The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win".
I started the book at 10 pm and finished up early, early in the morning (3 or 4 am). I was totally pulled in by the story and felt reborn (and a bit blurry eyed) the next day.
I could see how being Agile in our programming department was a key component to in the "Business Agility" of our company. And how "Business Agility" would give our company it's best chance of growth and survival. This is how I felt inside
I got it! I got why Agility is so important to our business and any business. Agile principles and learning frameworks weren't just for our programmers to create software, it is how our business needs to interact with it's customers. How with our programming and technology departments working to get out the most important feature of a new business idea into the hands of our customers, as quickly as possible, and then pivoting on the feedback to create the next most important feature we could respond faster to opportunities and challenges then our competitors
A number of my bosses and coworkers are reading the book and we have starting meeting to make it happen. You can read more about our journey in future blogs...
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