What Kids Taught Me About Being Agile cover image

What Kids Taught Me About Being Agile

Even if that means starting again, they reach the finish line quickly and iterate successfully.

by  •  3 min read  •  2 Views


In this article a parallel is drawn between the agile mindset in adults and in children. The author, both a software engineer and a kids' robotics teacher, argues that the drive towards agile "transformation" or "transition" is nothing more that an attempt to get back what we have lost from childhood - the ability to learn from activities, drop them once the learning is over, and re-engage into another activity from which to learn from.

The author indicates that: 1) kids often start with a plan, and are willing to change them once it is understood it leads nowhere. A plan always exist, and is acted onto completion and if starting again is necessary a new iteration begins. 2) Kids ask why with the intention of understanding, often asking questions until there are no questions left to be answered. Adults tend to be paralyzed by self-guessing, and are blocked by our culture, pride and fear of judgement. 3) Kids call things out as they are, without associating criticism with a negative meaning. While direct, they often give honest and constructive feedback. 4) Kids are willing to drop their own project to work on a joint project with a friend, helping a playmate realize their task. In a professional setting a culture of individual goals and target-setting prevents true collaboration.
Created on Oct 23, 2020 10:57,
last edited on Oct 23, 2020 11:57
Revision #1