Managing and Leading

John Maeda on leading and managing and the need to do both.

The manager sets up the win with perfection for her team; the leader executes the win with passion.

The word “perfection” conveys discipline but the agile practitioner in me bridles at it. As John Maeda says, “a manager never manages alone.” Community defies perfection.

I do resolve to do better. Do by committing myself to action employing the most appropriate knowledge and tools at hand. Better by using the hard lessons of success and failure to make my actions more effective the next time.

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.