Physicality

Riding in gravity is a thing in the outer world. We can see it. We can touch it. It gives a solid context to talk about.

Working in teams is largely a thing in the inner world; the inner worlds of the team members and the team's inner world that is created when those individuals come together. It is invisible and formless. Not less real, just much, much more abstract.

And thus it can be more difficult to wrap our heads around, and improve, and talk about. Especially in a blog post far removed from the room.

That's why I brought gravity in, to help make that invisible story visible. To be able to articulate with imagery and metaphor that which is subtle and at times, hidden. I truly hope I can accomplish this, if only for my own clarity, though I deeply hope it gives insight to others as well.

Agile is something we feel in our bodies; how has your work and the teams you serve made their internal processes visible?

Why An Agile Dojo?

It's About the Story

I believe in the power of a story, of taking a step outside of something to better understand it. I’ve spent a lot of time playing in gravity whether in the ocean, dirt, or snow. In many cases I’ve been paid to bring others along, both teaching and keeping them safe. I’ve also spent a lot of time writing code and architecting web applications. Then there’s the business side of things, and in my personal life the ultimate tests of relationship: marriage and parenting. And I love to write.

Connecting the Dots

That’s a widely-thrown net to draw together and make some sort of sense of. Though I’ve started finding that after over 20 years of fragmentation, all these seemingly different disciplines have started to blur together. And I find as I spin my bike’s pedals on a climb against gravity and then fly on a ribbon of dirt back down, something happens that’s not so different in some ways from doing great work with teams. And the lessons I learned being utterly humbled by big surf in the cold waters of Santa Cruz have a lot to contribute in a land-locked conference room. And the balance point of snowboarding, of being in a constant controlled fall across snow and slope, is a reminder of working from a centered place where I can improvise and correct right now as the moment demands.

From the Outside In

That I gain new perspective into things by looking from outside of them, and I also learn something about myself. And in this business of agility where knowledge is drawn from many wells, I can only be as effective as I’ve mastered the domain of Self.

I'm Just the Messenger

And while this is a dojo of sorts, it has no sensei. I strive always to work from the back of the room. This is no exception; think of me as a storyteller over in the corner. As agilists we have our manifesto and our principles; they are the Master. We are here simply to practice, to learn, to improve. And occasionally get our asses completely kicked. Gravity sports have a lot to teach about that, too...

You're Here, Too

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