Let’s Check our Beliefs

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am very wary of deep rooted beliefs – especially those that are self-serving. Upton Sinclair made an astute observation when he noted: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it!” An unexplored belief is an assumption that becomes both reality and then dogma.

We must recognize that to survive we have to live with a set of beliefs that we cannot always be examining. But we must regularly reflect on them. Here are some beliefs I believe we need to challenge:

  1. That people will always resist change
  2. That the simpler something is the better
  3. That frameworks that force you to do some things are generally effective
  4. That calling someone a master after 2 days of training, even with an explanation they are not really a master doesn’t cause any damage
  5. That people understanding what to do is sufficient

And most importantly – “when someone says something you disagree with you believe they are wrong.”

Here are some beliefs I have challenged and find I continue to believe in:

  1.  No matter what it looks like it’s always a people problem
  2.  That starting with a well defined set of practices is a necessity for many people
  3.  That no one set works for everyone
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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