“That’s not our job.” “We have to find out who’s responsible!” “He can do that, he’s been here long enough and knows what he’s doing.” These and others are things we’ve likely all heard in our workplace, and too many companies downplay or ignore these situations with attitudes like “It’s just the way it’s always been done”, or “It’d be too difficult to change”. But if companies can embrace change and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary, they can improve productivity and increase employee morale. This is one in a series of 10 changes (in no particular order) that can be implemented toward achieving that goal.
5. Don’t Allow Mavericks
Of all the “Don’ts” on this list, this one likely sounds the most counter-intuitive. After all, per definition a Maverick is a “person who takes chances, departs from accepted course”, and isn’t that a core of Agile? Take chances, fail quickly, learn, and iterate?
In truth, this is another fundamental misunderstanding of Agile, and one that tends to be dangerous from inside teams rather than from out. We’ve written on the importance of process and its role in an Agile environment before – Agile, rather than eschewing process, actually relies heavily on it. It’s just that instead of considering the process to be sacrosanct, Agile relies on constant evaluation and update of the process by the team at the end of every Sprint.
And herein lies the problem.
Process (hopefully) is there for a reason, and no one should be above the process. Allowing people regardless of level to be exceptions to the process can become destructive to projects and organizations.
Have you seen examples of allowing maverick behavior in your company? Share your thoughts in the comments below.