I was thinking about New Year Resolutions. I thought about resolving to be a more friendly, warm, compassionate, conciliatory, moderate, and compromising person. My thinking was prompted by a recent email, that informed me:
“After all these years, of hearing people talking about you, I defended you. I tried to appease them … maybe as they said you were egotistical, ungrateful, tyrannical, closed-minded, anti-social, destructive and selfish, maybe they had a reason to say all of this.”
The more I thought about this, the more I realized that my characteristics that are so obnoxious to so many people are the traits that have helped Scrum succeed (along with all of your efforts). If I were conciliatory and all those other things, Scrum might have become EssUpScrum, ScrumFall, Murcs, Scrum-Z, ScrumBan and all the other watered down adaptations that have been been suggested and pushed.
So I decided that I will follow my New Year’s resolution for today only. This is your chance. After this, I will keep pursuing my mission of improving the software profession in character, the only way that I really know how.
Thanks in advance for putting up with me during 2012.