The enhanced cameras on the latest releases of smart phones is continuous improvement. Having a patient use that phone camera to take a picture of a rash and send it to their doctor is continuous innovation.
This past winter I received a great piece of advice from an Agile Coach. It was not to get hung up on titles, to consider a gig based on whether or not you feel it will be a great learning opportunity for you. There can be very big differences in what a person with a given title does at one company as opposed to another.
I think that we have often lost the art of compare. Compare seems to have morphed into another form of contrast. We compare and find something lacking. We compare ourselves to people and decide they are the other. Or we decide we have something lacking and it erodes our self-esteem.
In some environments they have limited access to the Product Owner because the PO has multiple duties and responsibility to the business and customers. In system language… Does that make the Product Owner a single-point-of-failure?
I can’t help look at the User Story as being a form of Value Proposition. Or re-framed, the Value Proposition being a company’s over-reaching umbrella Agile Epic.
One of the tenets of the Agile Manifesto is “Customer collaboration over contract negotiation”. I do believe this can be a good example of the greyness in the final statement “That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.” That you do need to address the issue of who owns what at some point and get that in writing.
Servant Leadership is often used to describe how people lead internal teams. Leadership that inspires, enables and encourages success. That focuses on removing obstacles. That promotes collaboration. Providing people with what need to be successful and achieve their best outcomes.
When Agile and Scrum first disrupted the IT industry, they were thought of as something that changed how we managed software development projects. Over the years it has continued impacting the other teams that work in technology based companies – implementation teams and operations teams. Albeit at times in a blended fashion, where some agile concepts are adopted or morphed variations have emerged. Such as the emergence of DevOps, an Agile practice that focuses on collaboration and cooperation between development and service operations teams. Still, I find it ironic that the origins were in development, while in truth the other teams are probably better suited to an Agile philosophy.