What is "mindset" anyway?
June 15, 2022"X is a mindset." So what?
“X is a mindset.”
Agile. DevOps. Quality. Customer Service. Whatever.
I hate this phrase.
Not because it’s false. But becuase it’s effectively meaningless.
If you and I are discussing something (X), and I end up saying “X is a mindset”, it usually means one of two things:
- I’m having difficulty getting you to see things my way, and framing it as a “mindset” lets me off the hook for you “not getting it.”
- We both already agree about the thing, and we’re just basking platitudes.
Neither case is very productive.
Scrum is great in theory, but "it will never work in the real world"
I think there are two "real worlds", and they often clash. One where Agile, Scrum, XP, and DevOps make perfect sense. Another where they don't.
Pick a methodology: Scrum, Kanban, XP, Lean or DevOps?
None of these items directly replaces or conflicts with any of the others. In fact, you can use them all simultaneously.
A DevOps simulation with toothpicks
This 15-minute exercise demonstrates the silos problem DevOps aims to solve, and serves as a great conversation starter.