The Demonization-Revolution Pattern: Demonization-Revolution vs. Leadership-Innovation

There is a consistent pattern throughout history, the Demonization-Revolution Pattern: Demonize one thing to incite a Revolution around another thing! Consider how Hitler demonized the Jews to incite the Nazi revolution! Consider how Marx demonized Capitalism to incite the Marxist/Communist revolution!

Consider:

  • The Agile Alliance demonized the Rational Unified Process (RUP) to incite the Agile revolution! At the time, the RUP was the dominant approach!
  • The Scrum Alliance demonized the Rational Unified Process (RUP) to incite the Scrum revolution! At the time, the RUP was the dominant approach!
  • The Post-Agile movement demonizes the Agile movement to incite the Post-Agile revolution!
  • The Lean movement (Lean Software and Systems Consortium) demonizes Agile/Scrum to incite the Lean revolution!
  • The demonization of Command-and-Control to incite the Self-Organization (and Appreciation-and-Leadership) revolution!
  • The demonization of Management to incite Teams — and — the demonization of Teams to incite Management!
  • The demonization of Product Development to incite Product Management — and — the demonization of Product Management to incite Product Development!

However, with all revolutions, soon after they culminate, they seek balance (Hegel’s Dialectic Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis), and the pattern continues with the next revolution:

  • The Agile revolution contributed a focus on Values and Principles in addition to the existing focus on Principles and Practices!
  • The Scrum revolution contributed a focus on Transparency, Inspection, Adaptation, Self-Organization and Cross-Functional teams in addition to the existing focus on Best Practices!
  • The Post-Agile/Lean revolution further contributes a focus on Pull and Flow!

Are all Revolutions Necessary? Ultimately, Revolutions must be judged on their Intent!

However, is Demonization necessary to incite a Revolution or can Leadership incite Innovation!

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