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Mindfulness and Agile Teams


At Oredev 2009 Marc Lesser gave a keynote titled "accomplishing more by doing less".  Although not directly about Agile development, the topic will resonate with many Agile practitioners and is related to the success of self organizing teams.  Specifically, Marc advised us to do less of:

  1. Fear
  2. Assumptions
  3. Distractions
  4. Resistance
  5. Busyness

Most, if not all, of these recommendations fits in with Agile in many ways.  Less fear relates to the "courage" value in XP.  Fewer assumptions matches the experimentation that we find in emperical methods.  Fewer distractions can be found in many Agile teams as they focus on delivering customer value and having self organizing teams focused on one project at a time.  And so on...

This reporter attended the keynote and felt that this presentation is valuable enough for Agile practitioners to watch, reflect upon, and share.


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