This great presentation reminds me that sometimes stopping is just as valuable as forging head.
An agile team is made sustainable because there is a deliberate pause built into the development process. This allows the people involved in the project to reflect on the progress — what went well, what needs to be improved, etc. Similar to a person, a team can have a full system failure without some pauses.
Late last night I paired with Shawn on editing her upcoming book, Help Me, Asia. She was driving and I was navigating. Actually, I was sitting beside her to support her. I don’t know anything about book editing. She is the expert and I’m the beginner. I wasn’t sure how much value I could add, but at the end of the session, we were both glad that we paired to edit her book.
By being there, I helped her focus and increased her energy level. Before, she was tired and unmotivated to edit.
I was a sounding board for her. Just the act of her asking me questions, helped her find solutions.
I learned how she edits a book (I could use some of her techniques in my writing).
The experience of having a common purpose and, together, we worked through it. It made us feel more connected and we had a lot fun.
I wonder how much greater companies could be, if pairing was the norm for creative and problem-solving work?