A lot has been written about Agile. Many companies follow the trend and are in the middle of a transformation. Others believe that this is yet another hype that will pass. Younger developers know waterfalls only from hiking while experienced executives observe the revolution skeptically. There is hardly a topic that is currently more under dispute – as if it were a new religious war.
And indeed, Agile is rather a question of the mindset than about a delivery model.
Dealing with feedback is not easy. Neither for the giver nor the recipient. There are also cultural differences: While positive feedback is part of everyday life in some environments, there is a reluctance to provide open feedback particularly in hierarchical cultures.
My coach is really mean. When I fail an exercise, he says things like “Great, that was much better than last time”. When things go completely wrong: “It’s not about mastering, it’s about attempting. The skill grows over constant practice!” I must confess, he sometimes gets on my nerves at this moment. But it works!
Fun at work is important. We only unleash our full potential when we enjoy what we are doing. Besides, 40 hours a week is too much time to mope. Of course, not everything on the job is always fun, but this is about the general attitude and some flashes of light.
I admit that I also like to exchange news with my colleagues. “Have you already heard…”
It can also be quite soothing – especially if are upset about something and can then lock the door of your colleague’s office to talk about the stupid situation. It often makes you feel better. After all, you actively contribute to informal company communication and exchange ideas with your colleagues.