Goodness in China

Last night my good friend lost her wallet while she was walking back from dinner. It fell out of her jacket pocket. It’s not a pleasant feeling for her and it doesn’t help that she’s in a foreign country. There were money, IDs and bank cards in the wallet. The four of us rushed to backtrack with her from our campus to the restaurant.

We checked the garbage bins along the way. We also checked the shrubs and other possible nooks and crannies. Once we’ve reached the restaurant and the wallet wasn’t found, we suspect the worst so we decided to go to the police to report the lost wallet.

We had a hard time finding a police station. Desperate,  we stopped two Chinese passers-by and told them about what happened and where we wanted to go, they decided to take us there. Just before we arrived at a police station, my friend got a phone from another of our friend and he told her that the wallet has been returned to our dormitory. We were so happy! We immediately took a taxi back and met our friend at the school’s gate. He handed over the wallet and my friend checked the contents and everything was there including the money!

This event has reaffirmed my belief that the Chinese people are honourable and helpful when it matters. I hear bad stories about China from people abroad and here. Last night, it was a good story. It was a heart warming story of an honourable person who returned the wallet and two strangers helping someone in need. Thank you.

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Finding Agility At The Farmer’s Market

I went to the Sacramento California farmer’s market with my aunt and uncle. People were walking around and mingling with each other. Farmers and the customers were talking and joking with each other. It was a vibrant and uplifting place place to be.

One reason why many people come to the market is the connection they make with the farmers. People refer to the farmers by their names and vise versa. The customers get direct access to the people who are feeding them and on the flip side, the farmers get to talk to the people who eat their food. This creates a powerful connection and understanding. Both support each other to grow the right kind of fruits and vegetables for the community.

The same can be said about why Agile is successful — connecting with the customers directly. In essence, Agile creates the developer’s market for their customers so that the application a development team produced is what the customers want. Does your organization have a vibrant developer’s market?

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Success! A New Agile Front Has Been Established.

Success! With this flag,  a new Agile front has now been established in Dawson City Yukon — the most north westerly city in Canada. This flag is my way to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. The flag’s location symbolizes the pioneering spirit of the manifesto when it was created by a passionate group of software experts.

 

The flag hangs on a mountain’s ledge that is directly across the river to Dawson City. Dawsonites and tourists can see the flag from the town’s main street (if they have a binocular :) as a constant reminder to Agile’s new frontier.

 

My look is intentional. I am trying to fit into with the environment. Three days staying at a place with no electricity, with outhouses, with constant rain and with single digit temperature days help out a lot. I was into the wild :)

More stuff to come. Up in the Yukon, Internet is not as good as down south.

Next up, I am heading to Juneau to see the glacier. I am hoping to see part of the glacier falling into the ocean (seeing the waterfall process in solid form).

Thanks for a great ride Agile! I’m looking forward to more adventure with you. Onward and upward.

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