The existential joys of agile practice: angel on your shoulder
April 19th, 2011
Angel on your shoulder
I try to remember this in one on ones, retrospectives, coaching and in reflecting on my own decisions and actions.
The great thing about these values is that even as you strive towards them your co-workers will give you permission to demand more of them.
Just as they will demand more of you.
You invest in the hard daily work of adjusting your own bad habits one behavior at a time in the interests of the people you work with and the work you do together.
This isn’t easy. It’s mortifying. It’s scary.
The reward is that you get to work at your best with other people working at their best.
And you carry that potential with you as you move on to other projects and other teams.
I want to be proud of my accomplishments and I want to be proud of who I was as I attained them.
I want to spend my life loving what I do.
And I want to build things that are useful and delightful to people.
The main goal has always been to understand the stuff of the universe, to consider problems based on human solution, and to follow through to a finished product.
Existential delight has been the reward every step of the way…
— Samuel C. Florman