When Should We Start Learning How to Be Agile?
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I was recently reading the book by the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti On Education, which talks about the need for schools to educate "integrated" beings, to make them conscious and reflective rather than "dumbing them down" with knowledge not to be discussed.
Which then got me thinking about the subject of agility: Why aren't we teaching agility in grade school? Indeed, my research on the Net in terms of agility learning initiatives at school did not yield much at all.
Agility is not just a series of tools and methods
Of course, the reflex is to imagine that we would go and teach the students what a backlog and a scrum master is, but that's not what I mean here: The idea would be to teach students how to have an agile mind, not how to use the various tools.
I am indeed struck -- and I am not the only one -- to hear all those who speak of agility as a fundamentalist religious, stipulating that if we do not fully unroll the great agile tools, then we are not agile. But are you agile if you think there's only one right way to do it?
Agility is, after all, a state of mind, even perhaps a trait of character, which for me is synonymous with adaptability and open-mindedness. If imperatives arise, then it is up to us to be "agile" in order to incorporate them into the issues we deal with.
And incidentally, it is not necessarily essential to know what a scrum master is to a future dentist who often works alone. But it is pretty necessary to be able to adapt to the issues at hand. An agile mind would help everyone do just that.
Learn agility in grade school (not university)
In my opinion, school is about learning to discover oneself, to have the necessary foundations to be a citizen capable of pursuing higher education or to learn one's future profession. Period.
School is therefore obviously a place to learn a whole range of knowledge, but also to develop soft skills. In my country, very, very few presentations are made in front of a class, which means that a certain number of my fellow citizens must be seriously coached to make a pitch, or even to practice doing job interviews.
In the same way, we should not meet in the professional world people who freeze at the first difficulty, who do not know how to embrace change, who are stuck in their professional dogmas. And in the same way, learning your work requires you to be able to adapt to a new environment, to use your studies to explore new ways of doing things, and to visualize what an agile mind could do differently in the environment you are studying.
Learn agility for a better world
Okay, this title smells like a startup that thinks it's changing the world, but all joking aside, how many times have you told yourself that a number of your colleagues lacked agility in their minds? And your fellow citizens?
DZone is not a political site, so I wouldn't ask you about your country's president.... But if everyone gained in agility, we would all gain in openness, in possibilities for solutions, in dialogue skills, in the desire to debate. Personally, I am very much in favor of that.
So, really, when can we get started?
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