Over the years, I have heard just about every excuse imaginable as to why someone cannot do agile. In my opinion, most of these excuses are fear based. Most people fear change. How many times have I heard, “We’ve always done it this way.” Amazingly, even when their way is not working, most people will cling to it like a drowning person to a life preserver.
Don’t get me wrong; I know change is not easy. Having been a lifeguard in my youth, I also realize how difficult it is to get someone to trust you enough that he/she will stop fighting, grab a hold of the life preserver, and let you pull him/her to shore. Most people release the life preserver rather quickly after getting to shore. Some, however, will cling to it until they can shake off their fear.
My job as a coach is not to pry…
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