This post illustrates a very personal application of an agile mindset applied to solving complex problems. Most of you don’t know me and those that do may not know I am a transsexual woman. Trust me its not as exotic as it sounds. Transitioning from one gender to another later in life is a challenging process. The process involves counseling, medical and cosmetic procedures, legal issues and huge basket of personal reflection coupled with a very dynamic impact on personal relationships. the process is also murky at the beginning and gains clarity as you move forward. Sound familiar?
About a month ago I gave an Ignite presentation titled Agility in Transition at Ignite Baltimore . Ignite presentations are different in that you are time boxed to 5 minutes (no slack one way or the other) and you get 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds (weather you want them to or not). The slogan for Ignite is “Enlighten us but make it quick”. I was part of an all woman night. I have to say I was humbled by the issues my co-presenters are tackling. The gist of my presentation was not so much what you are doing but how you are doing it and get going for goodness sake. Far too many great ideas die because we have to have a perfect plan. That thinking kept my life in a miserable and dark place for many years.
So I’ll put the same challenge and call to action out to you as I did to the Ignite audience. What is in your organization or personal life that is worth doing but being planned into oblivion?. It’s time to get going towards that goal, work in iterations, adapt to change, fail and learn, seek real value and get to done.
One note on the video on slide one when I say I am a transsexual woman a fan in the back of the room let out a loud war hoop which generated laughter with me and the audience. Unfortunately that did not get captured on the single mic sound track.
Lastly a bit about me I am Business Analyst, Scrum Master, an advocate for applying agile thinking to solve problems, and believer in strength through diversity especially women’s and LGBT perspectives.
I would love to hear your comments on my video