If you are a self-proclaimed Agilist I’ve got a question for you:

Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

More specifically, if you are one of those people in your organization calling for the adoption of Agile concepts in your organization (assuming off-course you don’t own the organization, in which case the financial consequences of your recommendations will obviously impact you directly), do you demonstrate the same attitude when it comes to managing your own money?

For example:

When you plan an overseas trip, and your budget is limited, do you plan your trip in relative detail BEFORE you leave, or do you adopt an incremental planning cycle where each subsequent leg of your trip is planned once the previous leg has been complete?

When you build your house, and your budget is limited, do you allow for an incremental design and build process or do you insist of having a pretty good idea what your money will be giving you, before you allow the builders to start their work?

I am not an Agile skeptic but I am against fundamentalism and double standards. I am sure your motives are pure and honest but if what you are proposing to do with other people’s money is different to the way you treat your own then I’ve got a problem with your attitude and values.

If however you are willing to put your money where your mouth is then you have my full respect.

Think about it!

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  1. When holidaying I set a theme and the first part (sometimes 1-2 accomodation days is planned, but do most of my planning as I go. By doing this I am able to be guided by local expertise.

    This works well when travelling to one area. When travelling to multiple locations -e.g. across the US or Europe I’ll have the transitions booked (e.g. flights, trains, etc.) and some of the accommodation. But the details get worked out as I go.

    That’s the way I like to travel. Uncertainty and discovery based on local advice appeal to me. It means I can often set my own pace, stick around at my Favourite parts for longer and change my plans as I learn better things.

    There are also exceptions – that super high demand thing that you need to book ahead for… yeas I’ll book ahead and plan to accommodate it.

    I don’t think this planning thing is an all or nothing idea.

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    • I guess what I am trying to ascertain is whether or not there is a natural disposition to gravitate towards agile – like a personality attribute. I am also interested to know if in the main, people who would recommend agile in their professional life will also ‘implement’ agile in their personal life. I, personally, am not sure what the answer to that question is.

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  3. Shim,
    I’d hazard the answer to “Is there a personality type?” is yes. The trick is to figure out what the scientific foundations for those assessments should be, right?

    The second hypothesis is If type X is attracted to agile practices at work, then are they the same at home?

    I wonder if this has been addressed somewhere? I reckon it has, but can’t point you to a link right now.

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