Success is always a journey

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson is often credited with the quote above, and it’s great when we apply it to our lives, but in business, we tend to think in terms of success/failure. So, we took some liberties!

Living your best life is very much up to you, your beliefs, culture, upbringing, and so on.

The application of agility is not hugely different; it’s in-part how we behave and work. Agile is not just a manifesto, its a mindset, supported by a manifesto, or principles promises and guidelines.  By extension, we also need come to terms that the Agile Manifesto is actually created by and for Software Developers, back in 2001.  This approach to software development was only years later tried to be applied to all sorts of agile practices.  Of course there a some good points in the Agile Manifesto for Software Development that we can apply, although its long in the tooth.  The Agile Manifesto for Software Development hasn’t changed since 2001, that is not applying agile.

In terms of Agility in practice, whether personally or professionally, we will never reach the final summit; it is a constant work in progress. Every day is a matter of continuous improvement, learning from our mistakes with our team and making better choices.

Thus, no human can tell you how you must live, and no person should say to you how to “be agile”, this is nonsense.

Agile Journey

Every Journey needs a map!

Let’s face it, rarely is a journey a straight road without obstacles. More likely, it can be like climbing a steep mountain obscured by traps, impediments, and tripping hazards. Making such a journey alone can be frustrating and scary. We could all use a guide! It’s not only comforting but will be safer, less hazardous, and much more enjoyable. Chances of success are higher when we have an experienced guide helping us along the way.


The Agile Journey

DA is a map to agile adoption.

Disciplined Agile is the map, and Tactec is your guide. We can help you determine which route and choices you want to take to true business agility. Certification is only one stop to agile adoption: the journey winds up the mountain, beginning with the Basecamp. The Basecamp is not just a course; it is an agile workshop that gets you thinking about what, why, and how you will get on the right path. Most importantly, the Basecamp answers the most important question of all:  where do I start?

Everyone starts with the Basecamp!

Climbing a mountain with new paths and potential obstacles means we must acclimate to our elevation and surroundings. Whether you are a decision maker, developer, project manager or anyone else, Basecamp is always the right place to start.

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Born 1965, San Antonio, Texas and lives in Dallas, Tx.
Mr. James, Ronald, Maverick holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The University of Texas, San Antonio.

Mr. Maverick or JR as many call him is a “slick” but warm and friendly character in our upcoming book on the DevOps Mindset. Mr. Maverick cares about his IT team very much and could charm the socks off a Texas Longhorn. JR is liked by many in his organization; however, he is not as well trusted by the Overlords as he used to be. Mr. Maverick has a group of loyal staff, including Mr. Barker a bit of an opposite to JR. Of course, Mr. Barker would never call him JR; he would only call him Mr. Maverick because well, Mr. Maverick is his boss. Mr. Maverick has held many IT positions in the past, including starting as a Sales Professional for HP and IBM mini and mainframe computers. Over the years he has risen through the ranks to hold this senior position by delivering using high-paid consultants and Big name firms. He also received his promotion from outsourcing to a foreign country where he was able to reduce his IT spend significantly. Recently he has discovered (actually this was made painfully aware to him by the Overlords) that both the Offshore roadmap and use of external consultants was not giving him the value and velocity for his IT department, and he was probably paying more than he bargained for

So, after hearing a talk at a DevOps event by the Agents of Chaos, JR decided to enlist them to help with their digital transformation roadmap and help improve the value, focus and velocity of his department. However, MR. Maverick has a few ideas about agile and DevOps, something he has heard about for a while and read in various CIO magazines; he thinks of these as Marketing terms and something that can be bought. While Mr. Maverick has held on for many years to traditional IT ways of working he has come to the end of his tenure if he doesn’t do something fast and get DevOps working quickly as he has promised to the Overlords providing him with a little more rope to get the transformation completed more quickly as they view his IT department ageing, procrastinators who are not able to keep up with business demands. JR says in his mind, “I will get it done, they don’t call me Maverick for nothing!“