I still work with large, dysfunctional organisations
Yes, I know that there are many things that they could be doing better.
Yes, I know that they are far from ideal with regards to agile or Scrum.
Yes, I know that they might never even get close, given the climate, size, culture and politics in the organisation.
Especially if they don’t believe they can.
I wish they could get to no estimates.
I wish they would do some agile chartering.
I wish they could believe that architecture can emerge.
I wish they could re-organise into value-streams.
I wish they could better understand what value means to them and WHY.
I wish, I wish …………….
Yes, I leave exhausted and de-moralised sometimes.
Yes, I palm-plant. Regularly.
Yes, I know I couldn’t do it as a full-time, five days a week gig.
However I keep going back.
Not for the money (I don’t charge large dysfunctional organisations any more than I charge small, nimble ones).
Certainly not for the convenience.
I go back because I really feel I am helping to make a positive difference.
Maybe it’s a small difference when we look at what is possible in the world.
It’s certainly small compared to some of the amazing teams I have had the pleasure of knowing and/or working with.
I don’t think it feels small to the people who work there though.
It doesn’t look small either when I compare the sterile, silent workplaces I walk into with the vibrant, collaborative ones I visit later.
People tell me their working lives have changed massively and for the better.
So I go back, shine a gentle beam on some of the things I notice.
I try and be gentle even when I want to shout “WTF”.
Sometimes I just state my observation.
Sometimes I suggest other ways.
Some things change. Some things stay the same. Maybe some even get worse.
One day I will get so frustrated and tired I will stop.
One day. But not just yet.