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12Jul/110

A SCRUM lesson from my horse

Couple weeks ago I went horseback-riding in Black Butte Ranch, Oregon. This was the second time I found myself trying to control a beast with a will of its own, and a physical strength vastly exceeding my own. Only “control” would be a poor choice of words - I learned quickly that I can’t control my horse (Big Jake was the name)… After initial disagreement on several points, I found that I was able to influence it, and in the end we both finished the trail in one piece.

Then it occurred to me that this might be a good metaphor for Agile Software Development (SCRUM and such). You can’t control your team without killing off all that makes it agile; you have to work with it, finding just the right balance that will get you to the destination, alive.

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