I have suggested in other posts that a tremendous amount of improvement can be made in five areas:
- ScrumMaster leading the removal of impediments
- Product owner executing the 85 percent to 33 percent rule (like the 80 to 20 rule)
- Team having more fun!
- Team reducing technical debt all of the time
- Continuously better business value engineering
And why do we not see more improvement if there is indeed so much improvement to be had? How much improvement? Easily 5 to 10 times more improvement over a short period of time.
So, why not?
Well, first, it is hard in some ways. It takes some hard work, but mostly hard thinking and hard conversations. Not so easy when we see so much baloney (I was sorely tempted to use a more technical term) happening all the time.
Second, people believe that serious improvement is not possible.
Third, people don’t want serious improvement (this is a key place where fun comes in). You must want it. Everyone must want it (well, many).
Fourth, we must have courage to fight our own stupidity. To persevere against some hardships and some ups and downs. To fight the stupidity of others. And to fight all the slings, arrows and natural shocks that come into our daily lives.
Finally, we must focus. That probably means working on only one of the five areas above at any one time.
It is there. Go for it.