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Dig a Hole, Build a Well

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Dig a Hole, Build a Well

One of these activities is a job and the other activity is a career. Understanding why this is can make all the difference.

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Welcome, employees. Before you are some shovels and a bare patch of dirt. Grab a shovel, dig a hole, fill in your timecard, and you will be paid.

How excited, engaged, and enthusiastic would you be about a job digging a hole? Not very, I imagine. At best, it would be a job that paid the bills, and at the end of the day you would drop your shovel and forget about this job. The six-foot view of this task is not that inspiring.

However, what if I told you that you were actually building a well?

Suddenly, that meaningless job of digging a hole becomes something with purpose. There is a greater good that can be achieved. The ten thousand foot view of this task can give those involved a real sense of satisfaction and pride.

Dig a hole. Build a well. At the end of the day, it is the same work, but one is so much more than the other.

How many times has this screen been your introduction to a new enterprise project?

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Take an issue, fix it, record your time, get paid. How excited, engaged, and enthusiastic would you be about a job dealing with a series of issues assigned to a sprint? The six-foot view of this project is not that inspiring.

However, what if I told you that this project was about rebuilding the company’s flagship app? That the few percent improvement in conversions that this project is anticipated to achieve is critical to this year’s company goals? That every issue on this board had a direct impact on reaching these goals? The ten thousand foot view of this Agile board is something that developers can take some ownership of and pride in.

It is such a shame that the ten thousand foot picture is so often overlooked for the practical six-foot view. It only takes a few minutes to step back and embrace the big picture, and the benefits of doing so are probably larger than you imagine.

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