Shut Up, Bob
Some of us are hurting our profession with the casual way we treat language. In the following examples, that guy is Bob.
Bob: “Hey, where should we go to lunch?”
Joe: “I dunno, get in the car and we’ll decide later.”
Bob: “Yeah, we’ll just be agile about it.”
Giggle, giggle. Tee hee hee.
Bob: “Hey, what are you working on?”
Joe: “I’m not sure what to do, Manager X told me to … and Manager Y told me to …”
Bob: “Ah, so you are being agile then?”
Gales of laughter, followed by a knowing wink.
Shut Up, Bob
Bob, you are causing harm. You are the reason agile has been coopted. You are undermining the efforts of your peers who are actually trying to better our profession. They are doing this for you, Bob.
Your cheap joke mocks a body of knowledge and professionals who are trying improve the life of your teammates. The fact that you will spend the next 20 minutes hanging out at the water cooler and planning lunch instead of driving positive change in your team lets me know where you are coming from.
When your CTO passed by and heard your little joke, it confirmed his suspicion he needs to keep the current command-and-control mechanisms in place. This also influenced his ideas of what agile really means, because all he had before is the contents of a 3 year old InfoQ article.
Bob, shut up. You aren’t just hurting yourself. You are undermining all of us.