“Lipstick on a Pig”
Have you heard this before or is this a new term to you?
For some history of the term used here at www.implementingscrum.com check out the following two posts:
2008 (wow… a while ago huh?!?)
2006 (almost EXACTLY eight years ago — holy cow… this is NOT a new term here, huh??).
Jumping back six, eight, and even many more years ago…. I am pretty sure you and I have both seen people trying to clean up some old stuff and make it “new” again.
Then…. actually make no REAL changes.
Would these comic strips be an ironic use of ME trying to put lipstick on a pig?
But. I mean AND (really)….
If you’ve been following me here for years — or you just started hearing and reading about these cartoons — you know that I call things as I see them.
Look around at where YOU are working today.
How different is it TODAY versus last year this same date. Or even two, four, six, eight, ten, twenty+ years ago?
If you’ve been sitting around steeping in your own shit (or even worse… from someone else) and just calling what you do today “different” than the past and NOTHING has changed. Um. There might be a problem.
I’ve been there. I can still go there if I let myself. It’s human nature (I am learning).
Change. It’s hard. And. It’s an overused word.
Instead of putting lipstick on the same pig, are you up for a change?
Sure. Scrum can help you. It’s not just a stand-up-reporting-thing-with-fully-utlizized-resources-allocated-to-five-projects-at-42%-each-project-so-lets-call-ourselves-a-success-and-now-try-to-scale-it-blablalblalbllalbllablablablabalbalbala….
Go back to the basics.
Do one thing. Get it done.
How is this NOT lipstick on a pig for me?
It’s something I continue to work on AND share with you as I travel the world.
In addition to communicating with you on the topic of Scrum I am sharing what I am learning as a fellow human being (and possibly entrepreneur [or wanna be!]) at www.OneShinyObject.com.
Heading into 2015 (wow… this means we ARE closing out 2014 very soon)…
What will YOU do to not just keep putting lipstick on the pig?
How can I help you?
Please keep reading along as we go into next year.
I am going back to the basics here.
I’ll have more information for you regarding Scrum and HOW TO keep having those tough conversations around software development (and the rest of your business or whatever it is that your organization DOES to #deliver.
Put down the lipstick.