“Your main goal for this quarter is Agile”, said Jane, the VP R&D during the performance review, “you do know what is Agile, right?”

Bob didn’t know what Agile is. That is, he knew what the word agile means, but not in the context of his job as a director of software development at Slough Comm, a maker of telecommunications equipment.

“Yes, of course. We will do Agile in 3 months”.

“No, don’t do Agile. Be… never mind. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Just talk to me whenever you need help, and let’s stay updated on this every two weeks in our status meeting”.

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Last week, my colleague, Ilan Kirschenbaum, and one of my agile mentors, published in his blog post “Recipe for becoming a scrum master”.
I really related to his post, because it is actually tracing the steps I went through on the way to become an agile coach (and I continue repeating those steps every day, this blog post is an evidence :)).
Still, I have something to add - some base assumptions I have embraced during the way, which I think worth sharing.
A moment of honesty, the idea for this post came up during NLP lesson, I have recently started. The following base assumptions are also the foundation for the NLP, so I (or we) did not invent anything new here - it is just perfectly blended into being agile. 

 

So, let’s begin with the first one, and for me, it was also the hardest one to acknowledge and embrace.

First assumption:

Everyone is doing the best they can (with the resources they have available)

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