Some people get engrossed with focusing on the so-called “hard stuff” (People, Process/Practices/Techniques, and Tools) while others get engrossed with focusing on the so-called “soft stuff” (Language/Communication (and conversations), Relationships, and Behaviors (and cooperate, coordinate, collaborate, co-create)). However, all words have various connotations!
Fundamentally, while many people focus on the so-called “hard stuff” or “soft stuff,” the distinction and integration of Dynamics and Mechanics has served us well in practice — by first focusing on the human dynamics, the human mechanics (people) and non-human mechanics (process and tools) emerge more naturally and are what is needed for a more healthy and thriving organization or human enterprise.
Furthermore, this distinction is especially crucial as we are somewhat “amused” but more-so “saddened” by what we continue to encounter in “the wild” (or in practice) — what people inhumanly do to each other!
For example, given the recent popularity of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), we continuously find more and more of the notion of a “descaled agile framework” (DAFe or dSAFe) or “SAFe for a Team” where rather than embrace scale and then de-scale (that is, going from “big” to “small” based on need), one can embrace an essentialism or minimalism then scale (that is, going from “smallest” to “bigger” based on need) — as they say:
Again, an example of mechanics over dynamics versus a more healthy dynamics over mechanics!