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Beyond Apartheid and Democracy

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Lessons and insights gained from the transistion from apartheid to democracy in South Africa - and it's applicability to agile software development. This was presented at the Agile Africa conference in August 2013.

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  • I'd love to hear you present this. The slides are powerful - it must be doubly so with dialogue. Some lovely, almost casual, put downs (that's tribalism) contrasted with a very raw, honest, aspiration to do better
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    I wish I was there.
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Beyond Apartheid and Democracy

  1. 1. “Though I’ve tried to find the answer to all the questions they ask, Though I know it’s impossible to go living through the past – Don’t tell no lie.” -- Bob Marley, Natural Mystic Apartheid and Democracy @aslamkhn Beyond ^ stillpoint.
  2. 2. architects and adversaries
  3. 3. '69 '76 ignorance '80 authority & fear '86 anger '94 peace? '92 joy war '89 hatred
  4. 4. '94 2013 freedom? one people? a rainbow nation? 2!06 - 2!08 a reality check
  5. 5. political affiliation, religion ge n d e r, e c o n o m i c s t a t u s , opportunity bias, right of passage, stigmas, stereotypes, p o w e r, p o l i t i c s , c a u c u s , authority, de-authority, values, p u n c t u a l i t y , r e p o r t i n g structures, clothing, hair styles, parking space, experience, tribe, where you ate lunch, smokers, car that you drove, staff, consultant, rank, parking space
  6. 6. Was there a way out? 2!082!06 Revenge cuts both ways - forever Amnesty amnesia results in re-victimisation Justice one winner, pack up and go Leave those that were hurt still hurt
  7. 7. 2!08 2010 where did I go wrong?
  8. 8. Though I’ve tried to find the answer to all the questions they ask, Though I know it’s impossible to go living through the past – Don’t tell no lie. -- Bob Marley, Natural Mystic
  9. 9. '94 2013 reality check 2!06 - 2!08 truth and reconciliation '96 (yet we still wonder about retrospectives at scale)
  10. 10. architects and adversaries
  11. 11. … and peace makers
  12. 12. CONTEMPT individual goal no integrity CO-OPERATION share a goal working on integrity COLLABORATION? why is this so difficult to achieve?? Self organisation
  13. 13. sub-human bondage 2!!0...19!017!016!0 18!0 freedom we can work together under any condition - if we really want to Why?
  14. 14. '94 2013 reality check 2!06 - 2!08 truth and reconciliation '96 "We are all losers, and our lies will only subvert our integrity and identity"
  15. 15. “From the beginning our history has been one of ascending unities, the breaking of … credal barriers.”
  16. 16. integrity identity 1"94 2013... sum of our trust sum of our values the journey of "ascending unities"
  17. 17. peace makers
  18. 18. identity builders
  19. 19. “Ubuntu does not mean that people should not address themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?"
  20. 20. "It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality"
  21. 21. WITH CONTEMPT individual goal no integrity WITH CO-OPERATION preserving a goal working on integrity WITH COLLABORATION preserving integrity working on identity
  22. 22. Nurturing identities cannot be time-boxed #$%&'( 1 ... '#$%&'( 2 3 4...
  23. 23. It's not about giving your team a name that's tribalism "Give" your team an identity that's collaboration
  24. 24. it's not about following a common process that's ritualism regardless of what each believes it's about sharing our ideology that's what we believe regardless of the rituals that each follows
  25. 25. it's not about team based decisions that's just controlling production it's about accountability for decisions that's challenging our shared values
  26. 26. it's not about pivoting fast that's just reacting to market demands rather pivot to test your beliefs or your can just pivot on a whim
  27. 27. it's not about democracy in teams that can create an "us and them" it's about diminishing of class differences about equal appreciation of the value of specialized skills
  28. 28. To grow identities we must allow value systems to clash and shared beliefs to take a foothold "Many more will have to suffer Many more will have to die Don't ask me why" -- Bob Marley, Natural Mystic
  29. 29. Apartheid and Democracy Beyond ^ Agile Software Development reminds me of worker centric socialism
  30. 30. I wonder ... why agile transformations are difficult. Perhaps the worker centric, socialist elements of agile software development clashes with capitalist, free market organisations
  31. 31. What does it mean to be an agile software team in Africa?
  32. 32. 2013... restoration & creation of African identity 2!!016!0 eradication of identities 17!0 18!0 19!0 apartheid and (neo)colonialism
  33. 33. "We face neither East nor West; we face forward" -- Kwame Nkrumah @aslamkhn f3yourmind.net stillpoint.

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