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Five Lessons I’m Thankful I Learned in My Agile Career

The smartest person in the room is not smarter than the whole room is just one of the lessons I'm thankful I learned.

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Summary

Agile legend Mike Cohn shares lessons he has learned during his professional career and tells a brief story of each one to help the reader avoid these mistakes.

1) "When there are two ways of doing something, do it the right way". Often we are faced with deadlines and must decide to get things done quickly or invest more effort to make things reusable. The payback for putting the extra effort is exponential, and therefore is a no-brainer.

2) " Life is too short to work with people you don’t like and respect." Often we find ourselves working in dysfunctional environments, and the toll this takes on us as human beings is too great to ignore. Work to live, don't live to work.

3) "Removing someone from the team never hurts as much as you think it will." When we are faced with the need to fire a resource that is the only person who can do a certain vital job, we learn that teams are much more resilient than we imagine and will dig in and acquire the necessary skills.

4) "The smartest person in the room is not smarter than the whole room." The collective wisdom of an entire team takes on points of view that are outside the privy of any single person.

5) "If you don’t manage expectations, expect to fail." Even when delivering successful projects, if the expectations were impossibly unrealistic, the delivered result can still be counted as a failure.
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