A song for the season

In the western world, this is the season of peace.

One of my favorite hymns from this time of year is ‘O come, o come Emmanuel’.  Emmanuel means ‘God with us.’

Here is a version by Linda Ronstadt:

Below are two verses from the lyrics:

O come, Thou Day spring from on high,
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night
and death’s dark shadow put to flight. 

O come, Desire of the nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid every strife and quarrel cease
and fill the world with heaven’s peace. 

The world is not yet the peaceful and cheerful place of our dreams. We have much to yearn for.

But we do not lose hope. There remain men of good will. The good earth abides, and the sun rises on a new day.

How does this relate to Agile & Business?

Scrum, in its simple way, wishes to release us from our chains of bondage.

Agile wishes to enable the Team to help satisfy the needs of humanity.

Agile wishes to see us united and joyful.  Maybe much more than that, but at least united and cheerful.

Agile is about beauty and the soul as much as the work of hands. (Cf Hesiod)

We work for high purposes, although we fathom them not in every moment. Perhaps you do not agree with the purposes I suggest, but let us agree we work for more than today’s mere wage.



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