Transparency: A Great Leap Forward or Exposed Artery?
In this panel at QCon 2008 in London Kent Beck, Chris Matts, Keith Braithwaite, John Nolan, and Steve Freeman, all very talented and experienced practitioners and leaders in the Agile community, take a hard look at transparency and it's practicality.
Agile propagandists make great claims about the advantages of being transparent about the state of their projects
They fill their walls with index cards and charts that expose their progress to anyone who might be wandering through the room. They have regular, intense feedback sessions where they make it clear to the stakeholders just how many things they need to fix. They claim that this how maturerelationships work and that "Honesty is the best policy".
But is this true? Many of us work in dysfunctional organisations where honesty is the best way to get cheated. Surely Transparency is just not pragmatic?
Watch this presentation here.
I haven't checked out the presentation yet so I might be missing something, but I would think that we're a little beyond name-calling by now. Perhaps I'm naive (or possible a closet "propagandist"), but I find that term rather offensive.
This is directly from the presentation abstract. Given that the panel is full of the so-called propagandists, it was meant to be a little self-mocking and in jest.
I paraphrase Sheryl Ross's characterisation of "propaganda" as communication with the intent to persuade a group of people to favour one set of idea over certain others. She contends that the purely negative sense of the word is too narrow.
I'm a consultant, and if Weinberg is right that consulting is influencing others at their request, then propaganda is my job.
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