Day 1 – Sudbury Ontario
This is my first day of my one year sabbatical leave from work. I’m traveling and experiencing agile in different ways. I’m willing to meet and talk to folks practicing agile. I’m heading to Winnipeg and I’m grateful to Steve Rogalsky for setting up a day of agile for me.
If you are practice agile (live in Saskatchewan or Alberta), I would love to meet up with you and hear your agile stories. I like stories because they put human as the subject and Agile as a context. My intention is to share your stories with others through writings and videos. Please let me know.
I am at Carol’s Campground after about 5 hours of driving from Toronto. Over two of those hours were spent crawling up to Barrie. Happily, after Barrie, it was smooth cruising.
When I arrived at the campsite, there was plenty of daylight for me setup the tent. I was a bit nervous because I don’t remember how. It’s been over 4 years since I used it. Very grateful to the tent designer, the person made it simple and I was able to figure it out.
Connecting to Agile
I’m at a tightly packed campsite. Neighbours talk to each other, people walking their dogs and children are playing. At night, each family huddles by their fire pit. I hear fond memories are made by kind of stuff.
For me, people packed together in a tight space, using a common washroom facility, and adhere to a curfew reminds me of a refugee camp. That’s right. Growing up, I was a refugee and the camp I stayed in had similar features.
What does this has to do with Agile? It’s about diversity. An agile team uses differing perspectives to gain better understanding of what they are trying to solve. My view on camping is different. Someone that never done before will also have a different view. It’s the tension among different views that creates conversations to give a deeper understanding that results in a better solution.
Experiencing Someone Else’s View
Why am I camping then? Well, it’s my attempt to experience another view on it. I’m open to experience differing views. I had a great swim in the lake and chatted with two great guys after dinner. We shared stories. Good time. Good memory. Better understanding.
Guess what happens if each member of the team tries to understand each other? Team awesomeness!