It’s all in the mind of a pig!

Posted: August 11, 2011 in Agile, Project Management

Having worked with Agile teams starting back in 2002, my personal experience is that, the mindset of the pigs on the team is a key differentiation between the success or failure of the project.

It does not matter if you have a local co-located Agile team or a global, multicultural, team spread across multiple time-zones Distributed Agile team – it is as simple as the mindset of the members in the team which can be the difference between successful delivery or failure at every step.

The Agile Manifesto values:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

I think the authors got this spot-on for the succinctness of the statement & the fact that it is the very first value of the Manifesto!

Individuals & interactions – especially within the Agile team (the Pigs) are the key.

So, what needs to be in the mind of the pig & why does it matter, given that its commitment to the endeavor is bacon?

The Mind of a Pig

For me – if every individual on the Agile team knows his area of contribution & contributes to the best of his ability on that, constitutes the ideal Agile team.

This expectation includes:

  • Understanding the role that individual is performing
  • Understanding the deliveries for that role
  • Understanding the measurement of “done”
  • Understanding how this role impacts the other roles & their deliveries

If an individual contributor can come into an Agile team with the above understanding very clear in his mind, it is of immense help & an major contribution in itself.

Sometime, the understanding of the role in the grand scheme of things can be rather humbling, other times tad disconcerting – but all-in-all extremely vital mindset for the success of the project.

One might argue, that having individuals with this mindset, is an asset to any project & is not dependent on the execution methodology used & indeed will be a success in Agile & non-agile project.

But like I started – it’s all in the mind of a Pig!

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Comments
  1. PM Hut says:

    Hi Sunny,

    I would like to republish this article on PM Hut under the Scrum category. Please either email me or contact me through the “Contact Us” form on the PM Hut website in case you’re OK with this.

  2. rahulmod says:

    This is what we call High Coherence Low Coupling principle.

  3. Good Article.I like the thought

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