Photography — Roots III

Juan Ponce De Leon — discovered Florida for Spain. Picture taken at St Augustine, Florida, USA.

Yes, Juan Ponce De Leon is the discoverer of Florida for Spain… however, not as shown plainly as: ‘… discoverer of Florida’… omission of a very important context: the discovery is for Spain… others discovered the place earlier.

Natives (American Indians) were there already — free as birds — before the Spaniards set foot and claimed the land for Spain and setup fort… and put shackles on the natives.

Free as these birds — as free as the natives were before the colonizers set foot and claimed their land for Spain. Picture taken at Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, Florida, USA.

Free as these birds! That’s what the natives wanted… throw away the shackles put on them by the colonizers.

Likewise, for people in management — those who work in projects with either or both unknown solutions and problems — that went from waterfall to Scrum… threw away the shackles of PERT/CPM charts! Free indeed! Free to innovate and discover new ways and products by learning fast via the ‘incremental and iterative product delivery with fast feedback loop’ process.

In turn, Scrum requires much less tedious — no more Grant Chart, critical chain and WBS — but much more involved management action like the daily stand up (DSU)…

and the freedom to innovate and discover via the application of empirical management which consists of three tenets : 1) transparency (backlog is visible; there is a roadmap in place of the critical chain); 2) observation (first hand observation of work — WIP, Demo, DSU — by all); 3) adaptation (adapt the backlog according to the demo results/ what was observed).

“Management is primarily responsible for doing anything possible to increase team productivity based on what they see and observe and then adapting to the results. Management should live and breath to help the teams. Nothing is more important.” — Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum

We all need freedom to grow, innovate and discover.. and we need servant leadership (not dictatorship)… of which colonizers lacked of long time ago… which lead to their eventual demise… uprooted eventually. Unhealthy roots.

Healthy and strong roots (teams rooted in good core values) and efficient and effective gardeners (lean agile servant leaders) are very important for longevity, growth and value creation.

By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

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