When an organisation or a unit of an organisation adopts Agile, many new ways of working are introduced. While most of us adapt very quickly to the (if you are lucky) new collaborative workplace, adopting new ways of working proves to be easy for some and very difficult for many. Those of us who find it difficult are usually advised that it is a mind set and that we need to change with the change.
However, while everyone tells you that you need to change, no one tells you who you need to change into or how to get into the state that is expected of you. You don’t understand why you are struggling and why what has always worked for you before, suddenly stops working for you. You see engaged and energetic people around you and start to feel that you are battling this monstrous atrocity called ‘Agile’ all alone.
The ‘I’ in Agile – A Personal Journey is about my battle with Agile and the challenges I faced. Why were we doing what we were doing? How did I fit in when everything around is so fluid? In an environment where everyone was an expert and an all-rounder, was my role still relevant? Would I still have a good appraisal if I failed, failed fast and often enough?
This book is about how I felt anger and frustration, about how I learnt, unlearnt and found sanity in the madness – iteratively and incrementally. It is about how I discovered ways to cross the gap from a state where I thought I knew everything to a state where I acknowledged that I did not know anything, and how that ignited the spark in me to look for answers to my problems.
If you are going through a similar journey and trying to make sense of it, believe me, you are not alone. And knowing that you are not alone, is often enough to give you the stimulus to bridge the gap and cross over to the other side.
Read more in Hema Iyer’s book, The ‘I’ in Agile – A Personal Journey. Receive over a 30% discount off of the paperback or eBook if ordered by Friday 26th October.
About the Author:
Hema Iyer is an IT professional who has been engaged in the different aspects of software delivery, for over 20 years. She has worked in projects in India, Singapore, Malaysia and UK in various capacities.
Her life goals are simple – to learn something new every day, to stay healthy and to sleep well, every night.
She lives in South London, with her husband and two lovely children.