Aphorisms

 

Agile Transformation succeeds when it is based on problem-solving and not dogma. Agile might bring effective tools. But there’s no sense in giving a hammer to a hair dresser or scissors to a craftsman.

 

The more idiot-proof the system, the more people will act like idiots

 

We tend to think in solutions. Ask 5 times “why” you do what you’re doing. If you solve an essential problem for a customer after this abstraction chain, you are on the right track.

 

Becoming agile requires answers to three questions:
(1) How do we eliminate waste in our work?
(2) How do we increase our adaptability to change?
(3) How can we continuously initiate valuable change?

 

Kanban and Scrum are fantastic tools to optimize the operative work. However, they need to be embedded in a continuous strategic reflection

 

Agile means working according to principles, not rules. Rules cultivate stupid «if X then Y – thinking». Principles foster smart and self-reflected thinking
(e.g. don’t do evil)

 

If we want to try something new, we should not compare the new with a perfect world. Rather, we should ask ourselves: is the current system really better?

 

People who say that cannot be done should not interrupt those who are already doing it

 

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together (African Proverb)

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are already doing it. (unknown)