This is the conclusion of a three part series for the week. It has been interesting for me to write and people have written me some great emails about their thoughts on this.
Two nights ago I posted the first of three comic strips by a guest artist (my son Dominic). You can view that here if you have not already seen it. Part two is here. Please remember that our awesome guest artist is turning eight very soon — and drawing is one of his passions.
So take a look back at the first two panels of the series for the week. I’ll wait.
The first is where the Chicken asks the age old question.
The second, well, the Chicken get attacked by what I will call “reality.”
Reality happens all the time in each of our lives.
I guess that is why they call it reality.
This final panel shows that Pig (team member) has the back of the Chicken.
What does this mean?
Think about it.
Without the Chickens — or possibly outside stakeholders in your world — the project would probably never have been funded.
Continued to be funded.
Remember, in an agile world funding really should depend on a team delivering potentially shippable software each iteration.
This is tough to do.
Chickens can help the Pigs remove the impediments.
Why should Chickens and Pigs work together?
This panel of the cartoon shows that while the Chicken is being attacked by their monsters (outside the project room where the Pigs are working on the Sprint Backlog), the Pigs (team members) see that sometimes they need to step-up and actually help the Pigs “fight” the monsters.
Even if sometimes the Pigs are left for dead.
Think about how this can be applied to what is happening on your team today.
It really and truly is a symbiotic relationship.
That must be fostered.
Who’s responsibility is this?
Think about that and talk to your team about it.
And remember both need the other to survive.
Hope this helps!
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