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Langr Software Solutions » courage — Main Menu — Home Consulting / Coaching Training - Information About Training - Student Quotes - Technical Training - Process Training Resources - Agile in a Flash blog - Articles - Jeff’s Wiselike Page (Q&A!) - Books Jeff’s Blog About Home Consulting / Coaching Training Information About Training Student Quotes Technical Training Process Training Resources Agile in a Flash blog Articles Jeff’s Wiselike Page (Q&A!) Books Jeff’s Blog About On Email Lists and Advocacy March 30, 2009 by jlangr 1 Comment I try to keep up with all of the various agile “Yahoo! Group” lists: extremeprogramming, scrumdevelopment, refactoring, testdrivendevelopment, agile-testing, and so on. I post once in a while when I see a topic I feel qualified to respond to or that I’m passionate about. Lately I’ve been getting a lot less value out of these lists, some of which I’ve been following for ten years. Many of the lists degrade into passionate statements of position, i.e. advocacy. Inevitably, people get burnt. Tempers flare, people get upset, some stomp their feet, some simply withdraw . I myself have gotten burnt on this same list, feeling that someone (probably not coincidentally, the same person who is withdrawing now) was looking to simply piece apart every single word written to find as much fault as possible with it. I withdrew completely from that discussion. I’ve also withdrawn from perhaps a couple other difficult discussions (out of the hundreds I’ve engaged in over the years). Sometimes it’s because I felt the environment was too hostile, and I justified it to myself by thinking that the individuals involved were being immature or offensive or whatever. But that’s not courage speaking. I looked back at my most recent example and regretted how I handled it. Withdrawing didn’t solve anything. Sometimes a simple statement, meant to be innocuous by who wrote it, is taken as a stab and affront. We can pout and take our toys and go home, but that’s not at all useful or commendable. Courage can help us find a way to face the challenge and learn how to get past the issue. We don’t have to agree with everyone or get along with them, but sometimes a sour incident can lead to a valuable relationship. So how is this at all relevant to anything? Well, if we are to succeed, agile software development requires that we face challenges and not bury them in isolated cubes. Similar clashes occur not only on email lists, but in real life, and we’re particularly going to see such clashes more frequently in highly collaborative teams. Conflicts that are not handled properly will detract from a team’s ability to deliver. The XP value of courage is still essential to learning how to regularly deliver quality software. Search this site Recent Posts The Compulsive Coder, Episode 7: Please AAA November 15, 2016 The Compulsive Coder, Episode 6: this Duplication is Killing Me October 19, 2016 The Consulting Legitimacy Cycle: 4+ years to 2 weeks September 13, 2016 The Compulsive Coder, Episode 5: Extract Method Flow September 7, 2016 The Compulsive Coder, Episode 4: You Create, It Assigns August 30, 2016 Contact Me Name Email Message Submit Langr Software Solutions, Inc. / Jeff Langr I've been there and seen just about everything: Professional developer for 33+ years Consultant helping customers learn and succeed since 2002 Author of five books on software development I can help you with: hands-on TDD mentoring / training / pairing getting your legacy code under control strengthening and growing a successful development process building a successful ATDD strategy with maintainable tests designing / running a distributed development team Want to hear more? Call 719-287-GEEK or use the Contact Me form to the left. Thank you! Jeff Langr Copyright © 2016 Langr Software Solutions. Call +1-719-287-GEEK with any questions or pricing inquiries, or to schedule consulting/training now! Atom