I’m not an agilist, I’m a human being

Jurgen Appelo says in his latest blog I Don’t Care About Agile that he will use any cool words that can help him “to be happy while learning new things and creating value in a network with other people“. That’s a pretty cool goal. My interpretation then is that Jurgen is more of an optimist than an agilist. What am I then? I tried with “I’m not an agilist, I’m a humanist“, but when I checked with Wikipedia I realized that being a humanist can mean many things, some of which I’m not. For example I’m not a scholar in the Humanities.

What caught my eyes though was humanistic psychology which “adopts a holistic approach to human existence and pays special attention to such phenomena as creativity, free will, and human potential”. I like that. However, I cannot say that I’m a humanistic psychologist either, because I’m not a psychologist.

What I ended up with is this: I’m not an agilist, I’m a human being. My goal is to find out how we can turn human potential into reality in our businesses. Agile software development is a step in that direction. The Stoos Network is another.  No Fear – The Community a third. I’m sure there are others too.

Published by Jan Höglund

Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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