#AD16 @agilenyc @selenadelesie Soul of Agile – notes and thoughts


Selena’s talk reminded me a bit of Alistair Cockburn’s “Heart of Agile”, oddly. Alistair’s construct is more about getting to the pith of Agile, but I think, maybe…does it miss this idea of soul?  Will have to read more, but currently Heart of Agile appears to be external.

Recently have been thinking a lot about “being” versus “doing” Agile, particularly as I watch organizations transform. And try to transform my team.

What I am reminded of so far is we have to transform ourselves first. Have to “be” agile, present, aware, myself. Be the spoon for now, until you realize there is no “you” and no “spoon.”

Notes from talk:

How do we put care, soul, compassion, etc. into the manifesto’s key element.

We are a living organism as a team, not machines. We are a complex organism.

Frederic Lalo

Stop focusing on execution. Focus on being.

How to inspire in other people. Transform teams from we hate being here to loving showing up for work. How to connect, listen, connect.

Shift from “power over” to “power with”

Let go. Of expectations. Of who you think you are and what you think that role is. That is really scary. The container makes you feel safe.

Have to let go of being a “manager”–make yourself obsolete. Have to face fear of being obsolete.

Create safety. Care built into all aspects of system. Respect and connection matter.

Connection, Love, Abundance.

If you are frustrated with a team mate all the time, how can it get better? It can’t. Someone has to change the tide. Have to let go.


It creates a place for people to feel safe.

Emerge, Adapt, Evolve. Let go of “this needs to happen” move to “discover what needs to happen.”

Presence. Retrospectives tells you what happened, but can tell you about feelings too.

Advises doing breath focus to bring presence. First notice what’s inside you. (Had us notice pains in body).

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