This is a guest post from Kevin Callahan – an Enterprise Agile Coach with LiveWorld, a social content marketing company. Over the past couple of decades he’s filled roles as an agile coach, ScrumMaster, software team lead, programmer, business owner, project manager, and professional outdoor educator. He lives in Maine, USA with his family and he blogs about the intersection of agile practice and gravity sports.
“Art is never finished only abandoned” – Leonardo da Vinci
Abandoned art does not rest. It does not leave us. We carry it forth; it has become a part of us. Several years ago I abandoned the domain of software development to once again fully engage in the craft of developing teams. In that time my agile practice has deepened; I’ve learned tremendously and have been drawn time and again to the human side of the work as the most powerful leverage point. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools remains as true today as it was in 2001.
Right around this transition I also purchased a new mountain bike, one capable of handling the mud, roots, and rocks that make up my local trails. My previously-abandoned passion for riding was thus rekindled as a creative outlet; art in motion.
And I’ve found that the patterns overlap. Iterative software development is, at a sufficient level of abstraction, a lot like riding bikes and snowboards, and all of those things are a lot like the patterns of team and individual development. While this might be counter-intuitive, people are the common thread; the patterns are fundamentally human.
I seek these patterns and their connections, to make them visible through words in the hope that we can learn, get out of our own way, achieve another slice of our potential, and create the outcomes we desire. And firmly grounded in putting people first, I seek to bridge ideas and knowledge from beyond software and bring their value forth. I look forward to sharing them with you.
Kevin will be blogging regularly for Skills Matter on his thoughts and ideas about the intersection of agile practice and gravity sports. Check out his blog here, and be sure to check back here shortly for his next post!