Unstoppable Force, meet Immovable Object

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Every working day I usually have a 30-minute walk from my workplace to my wife’s office where our car is parked. I pass through a busy intersection under a criss-crossing elevated highway. I saw something today that made me think of the paradox that asks “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?”

Let me try to describe the scenario to set it up.
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Sunk or Swum

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“I can still fix this!” is the battle-cry of the resilient or the delusional. Most of the time it is the difference between salvaging the current situation or predicament over spending a commensurate effort in going back to square one and starting from scratch. More

Definition of Done

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I came across this simple definition of done in my inbox:

A good working definition of “Done”: Someone’s need was met.
– Mike Burrows (@asplake) , January 29, 2016

Someone in this context should be taken as everyone that has a stake on the feature/user story:

  • The Product Owner’s Acceptance criteria are met.
  • The Business need will be fulfilled by the developed feature.
  • The Quality Champion’s criteria for well tested feature are met.
  • The (future) Maintenance team would be able to handle any required fixes or maintenance on this code without any difficulties.
  • The Build Integrator will not find any issues with the generated package.
  • (insert your other stakeholder group here together with their concern)

The definition of done (DoD) need not be a list. What is needed is for the team members to understand that Done means the feature is useful for everyone who is interested in it, may it be directly or indirectly. If that is not possible then the team needs to make sure they arrive to that point as part of the Inspect & Adapt mandate of agile methodologies.

Realization

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It will pass away
The feeling of uselessness
My reality.

My measure of leadership

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For somebody who grew up with major inferiority complex I do talk a lot whenever we have somebody new in the team. I usually have a few pointers and expectations but I am consistent in conveying what my goals as a leader is. This has always been my challenge to my new members:

       MAKE ME OBSOLETE. ONCE THAT IS DONE THEN I HAVE DONE MY WORK PROPERLY.
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