The Agile 2012 Conference (pre)

Looking forward to the Agile 2012 Conference and supporting Len Lagestee share the Cars.com Agile Transformation Journey. Additionally, two Scrum Masters from Cars.com and another coach will be joining the session to share the story!

While Len and I are identified as the presenters, those who fostered the journey — Clay Johnson (@edeviant), Jacque Harper (@ChicagoBassEns), Jim Sanders, John Manganaro, Jonathan Yenkin, Mahi Inampudi, and Nick Hummer — will be present in spirit. Additionally, we can’t emphasize enough the contributions of Brad Barton and Mark Ferraro to the roadmap that fostered this journey.

Before every transformation engagement, I deliberately return to “the coaching manual” (Taking Whole and The Sage Commander and its appreciation of the nature of conflict) and often recollect Hermann Hesse “Demian”.

We are Human Beings…

All I really wanted was to try and live the life that was spontaneously welling up within me. Why was that so very difficult?

A gentle reminder that we “try and live the life that” “spontaneously” wells up inside us, but often find difficulty!

People today have less of an idea than ever before what a really living person is; in fact, human beings, each one of whom is a priceless, unique experiment of nature, are being shot to death in carloads [Fist World War]. If we weren’t something more than unique individuals, if we could really be totally dispatched from the world by a bullet, it would no longer make sense to tell stories. But each person is not only himself, he is also the unique, very special point, important and noteworthy in very instance, where the phenomena of the world meet, once only and never again in the same way. And so very person’s story is important, eternal, divine; and so every person, to the extent that he lives and fulfills nature’s will, is wondrous and deserving of full attention. In each of us spirit has become form, in each of us the created being suffers, in each of us a redeemer is crucified.

A gentle reminder of our humanity.

A reminder that every human being is a “priceless, unique experiment of nature” and every human being is “the unique, very special point, important and noteworthy in very instance, where the phenomena of the world meet, once only and never again in the same way.”

A reminder that every human being “lives and fulfills nature’s will, is wondrous and deserving of full attention” and “the created being suffers.”

… on a Journey …

Every person’s life is a journey toward himself, the attempt at a journey, the intimation of a path. No person has every been completely himself, but each one strives to become so, some gropingly, others more lucidly, according to his abilities. Each one carries with him to the end traces of his birth, the slime and eggshells of a primordial world. Many a one never becomes a human being, but remains a frog, lizard, or ant. Many a one is a human being above and a fish below. But each one is a gamble of Nature, a hopeful attempt at forming a human being. We all have a common origin, the Mothers, we all come out of the same abyss; but each of us, a trial throw of the dice from the depths, strives toward his own goal. We can understand one another, but each of us can only interpret himself.

A gentle reminder that we are all on a “journey” and no one is “completely himself” — “a gamble of Nature, a hopeful attempt at forming a human being.”

… of never ending Renewal

The world wants to renew itself. There’s a smell of death in the air. Nothing can be born without first dying.

The privilege is ours, the coaches, in awe of life — in transformation!

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