Got Agile Joy?

by Lyssa Adkins on October 17, 2010

I think it is one of the solemn (and not often talked about) duties of the agile coach to notice, amplify and spread joy.  Yep, you heard it right.  Joy.  

The good news?  Working agile gives us so many reasons to be joyful.  When I asked some random agilists walking the halls at the Agile2010 conference, “How does it feel to work agile?” their answers reminded me of the joy inherent in this way of working.  Joy when a team member “crosses over” from lonely hero to solid mentor.  Joy when the team delivers and does it again, and again, and again.  Joy when top managers say, “Wow!  That is a game changing idea.  We could have never come up with that one on our own.”  Joy when people crawl out of their shells and we get to hear them and learn how brilliant they have always been.

Sure, the agile coach job is hard, sometimes so hard that despair can set in.  The antidote?  Look for joy (and all the other good stuff these dozen agilists have to offer us) in this short video:

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Deann Reese December 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

Hi Lyssa, thanks for letting me be a part in your awesome video!

Lyssa Adkins October 31, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I knew I admired those Pyxis people! Now I have lots of specific reasons for doing so. Thanks for sharing the videos.

Dan Diep October 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hi Lyssa, thanks for letting me be a part in your awesome video!

Tobias Mayer October 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Nice work Lyssa. I enjoyed this. I like your style :)

Jared Richardson October 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for posting this! Great stuff.

Olaf Lewitz October 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for helping us spread the joy!
Take care
Olaf

Tremeur Balbous October 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Thank you Lyssa ;-) and thank you all for your inspiring answers.
I really appreciate it as I am experiencing some ‘not so fun’ moments on my mandate as an agile coach.
As you may have noticed (with my email), I’m working at Pyxis (Montreal) and here are videos that also help me remember why I’ve choosen to do this work at Pyxis. Hope you enjoy ;-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTGrNMV0XU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-KwYsjgjDE

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